Obituary: John ‘Jack’ Brosky

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Sheriff’s deputies discovered long-time Pine Cove resident John (Jack) Brosky’s body last Saturday, after neighbors noticed a strange odor coming from the house. Neighbor Annamarie Padula said deputies believed Brosky probably died the week before, owing to the condition of the body at the time of discovery.

Investigating Deputy Alfonso Tovar said there was no indication of foul play. The Riverside County Coroner’s office has not released a cause of death.

Brosky, approximately 58, lived alone and was known, according to Padula, as “a bit eccentric … he was a nice, decent person who always treated Louie [Padula’s husband] and I respectfully,” said Padula. “We used to bring him dinners because there were times when he just wasn’t thinking clearly. … He may have been bipolar, but when he was on his meds, he was fine,” Padula remembered.

The Padulas have had a cabin in Pine Cove since 1985 and Brosky was a Pine Cove fixture when they arrived. “Everyone knew Jack,” said Padula.

Brosky experienced a bit of both fame and notoriety beginning in 1995. Notoriety came in 1995 when in the early morning hours of April 20, he fired about 20 rounds from a large-caliber weapon into Idyllwild’s Bank of America front window and automatic teller machine (ATM). The bank (now Guaranty Bank) was unoccupied at the time.

The vandalism was not discovered until the next morning when bank employees came to work. There were no signs of forced entry, the bank alarm was not activated, and nothing was taken from the bank.

Brosky was subsequently arrested on July 6 and charged with felony counts of vandalism with enhanced circumstances of using a firearm in the commission of vandalism. Upon his arrest, according to Padula, Brosky, who she said “thought in a survivalist mode,” showed arresting officers a variety of locations throughout the Hill where he had stashed a large cache of weapons.

He served more than a year in county jail awaiting a jury trial, a scenario of delay occasioned by sick judges, absent defense attorneys, and many requests by the defense for continuance. The deputy public defender unsuccessfully attempted to use Brosky’s mental capacity as a basis for defense. After serving 573 days, Brosky was released.

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