The Covina Massacre is easily the most famous of the Santa Claus slay rides. On December 24, 2008, the Ortega family was hosting a Christmas Eve party in Covina, which is a small city in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. Roughly around 11:30 P.M. there came a knock at the front door, and a little eight-year-old girl opened it to see a darling Father Christmas. Unknown to her, the Christmas hero was Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, ex-husband of one of the Ortega daughters.
She was abruptly shot in the face, and Pardo shoved his way into the house and opened fire on the party. Unsurprisingly, chaos fell with everyone scrambling for their lives, and in the mayhem, he unwrapped the present that he had brought with him- a homemade flamethrower. He set to work torching the house and lighting people up with 9-millimeters; the result was the death of nine individuals with at least three other injuries.
The flames climbed up to 50 feet tall, and it took 80 firefighters to extinguish it. Pardo fled the scene after ditching the Santa suit, and the police later located him in his brother’s house, dead by self-inflicted gunshot. This Krisp Kringle did not escape unscathed from the flames, and the authorities found bits of the Santa suit burned into his skin.