Dale Bloom, Sean Darrington: ID’s ‘I Speak’ Digs Up Old Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Murder Case

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Dale Bloom’s murder case will be profiled on Investigation Discovery’s popular TV show, The Coroner: I Speak For the Dead. In this episode titled “Love In Pieces,” Graham Hetrick digs deep to find out what happened to a man who was found dead in his Harrisburg, Pennsylvania home more than 20 years ago. It took investigators a while to find the true suspect. Dale Bloom’s killer was twenty-one-year-old Sean Darrington, who was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison plus 10 to 20 years. On the show, Investigation Discovery viewers will follow along as Graham Hetrick examines the body and the evidence.

 

“Love In Pieces” episode tease

Investigators are stumped when they arrive at the tidy home of a man who died two days earlier. The puzzling crime scene takes detectives in one promising direction until evidence forces them to look at another man.

 

It was June 1993 when investigators found the body of Dale Bloom, 36, in the bedroom of his home in the 1600 block of Park Street in the Allison Hill subdivision located in Dauphin County. The white male had been shot and stabbed several times. Due to the condition of the body, it was difficult¬†for Pennsylvania detectives to make an identification. Fingerprints proved helpful in confirming the man’s identity.

 

 

The crime scene was strange. Several objects were used, but it was most disturbing when investigators found a carpenter’s handsaw. These troubling details led police to believe that Dale Bloom’s death was connected to the case of five others.¬†Detectives also believed there was a gay component to the case.

Investigation Discovery viewers will learn more about what led police to the actual killer, Sean Darrington. Darrington had told police various stories. However, the one he stuck to the most was that Dale Bloom had tried to “come on” to him, prompting him to defend himself. He said it all happened when he fell asleep at Dale Bloom’s home and woke up with Bloom standing over him with a gun.

 

At his 1994 trial, Sean Darrington was found guilty and handed a life sentence, plus some extra time for the robbery of Dale Bloom’s car. To Dale Bloom’s family and friends, it was a sad ending. His mother couldn’t understand why anyone would want to harm her son.

 

 

By all accounts, Dale Bloom was a neat man who kept his three-story home clean. Co-workers knew something was wrong when he failed to show up at the Rite Aid warehouse, where he worked. Today, Dale Bloom would be 61 years old. His mother, Nora Fausey, has since passed away.

This week’s television episode of The Coroner: I Speak For the Dead airs tonight at 10/9 p.m. Central on the Investigation Discovery channel.

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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is a true-crime buff and freelance writer. She began writing in the 1990s for the Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives and has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy has also appeared as an expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, Lifetime's Killer Kids, and Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls.

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