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Bernadette Protti was an American high school student who was murdered by her classmate, Bernadette Protti, in June 1984.
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Bernadette Protti, the socially spurned Orinda teenager who was driven by resentment and envy to kill a popular high school classmate eight years ago, has been freed on parole and is believed to have left California.
Protti, now 23, was sentenced in 1985 to nine years under the jurisdiction of the California Youth Authority for fatally stabbing 15- year-old cheerleader Kirsten Costas with a kitchen knife in June 1984. She served less than eight years of her sentence.
Although one parole examiner described Protti as dangerous and possessing ”a hidden trigger that anyone can pull,” the state Youthful Offender Parole Board released her on June 10 in a 2-to-1 decision at CYA’s Ventura School near Camarillo in Ventura County.
Costas and Protti were students at Miramonte High School in Orinda when the murder occurred. Police had no suspect for nearly six months until Protti — who was one of the mourners at the girl’s funeral — turned herself in.
At two previous parole hearings, the victim’s parents, Arthur and Berit Costas, vehemently opposed Protti’s release.
The couple, who now live in Hawaii, told parole examiners that Protti might be deceiving prison authorities into thinking she is rehabilitated, just as she deceived her family and friends for six months after the killing. Instead of attending this latest hearing, they sent a videotape in which they urged the parole board not to release their daughter’s killer.
Interviewed by phone at his home in Honolulu, Arthur Costas said last night that he was disheartened by Protti’s release.
”From a victim’s standpoint, the punishment doesn’t even begin to equate to the magnitude of the crime,” said Costas. He said he resented a justice system that placed Protti in a facility where she could have a boyfriend and complete her high school education — opportunities that were denied his daughter.
”You can’t replace your child so you think about that all the time,” said Costas, who said that he worries that Protti remains dangerous to the public. ”The emotions and the public safety — we lose on both counts.”
Protti’s early release was recommended by parole board member Jamie Bailey and hearing officer Sergio Gomez, who wrote in their majority opinion that she ”no longer present(s) an immediate threat to society.”
But in his dissent, released to The Chronicle by the parole board, board member Victor Wisehart wrote that Costas’ killer ”remains a danger to the public and is in need of further treatment to address her inability to control her anger and impulses.”
Wisehart referred to a recent incident during which Protti demonstrated ”anger and a lack of impulse control” in a confrontation with her boyfriend at the Youth Authority school.
”I hate to think how she would have handled the incident had she been on parole and able to arm herself and stalk again another victim,” Wisehart said.
”She has a hidden trigger that anyone can pull just by not giving (her) what she thinks she should get in a relationship.”
A CYA spokesman said Protti has left the state but would not say where.
During the trial in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez, testimony revealed that Protti craved social acceptance and resented Kirsten’s popularity and success.
The evidence included a tearful confession to police in which Protti said she felt inferior to the socially active Costas.
Protti also said that she was embarrassed that her family did not have as much money as other Orindans and said that Costas had made fun of her ”crummy” skis on a ski trip once.
Protti was convicted of second- degree murder after a much publicized three-day trial that Superior Court Judge Edward Merrill said ”smacked of entertainment.”
The judge rejected prosecutor John Oda’s arguments for first-degree murder. Oda said that Protti — suffering from the rejection of her peers — had acted with ”premeditation and wanton disregard for human life.”
Like all female juveniles convicted of serious crimes, she was sent to the Youth Authority’s Ventura School.
According to the CYA, Protti has earned her high school diploma with a 4.0 average and has taken enough courses through a local community college to qualify for an associate in arts degree.
Chronicle staff writer Teresa L. Moore contributed to this report.
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