For Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri, gambling was a hard addiction to let go.
Like a python wrapped tight around its prey, the vice of gambling had taken hold of Raghunandan Yandamuri and wouldn’t let go easily.
In March 2012, Raghunandan Yandamuri filed for bankruptcy in a Northern California court citing gambling losses of $50,000 in the previous 12 months.
Raghu Yandamuri – Gambling Loss Disclosed in Bankruptcy Filing
Seven months later, after Raghunandan Yandamuri had got married to Komali Alokam and after he had moved to Pennsylvania, the gambling itch stuck Raghunandan Yandamuri again.
Again, Raghunandan Yandamuri lost in the casinos.
This time, Raghunandan Yandamuri’s loss was $15,000, according to media reports.
Apparently, no one told Raghunandan that it’s hard to get rich gambling in a casino. The House always has the upper hand in a casino.
Young Indians in the U.S. are traditionally not given to gambling and Raghunandan’s gambling practice is the rare exception.
Where did Money Come From?
The interesting question is where did Raghunandan Yandamuri get the money to squander away $15,000 in the casinos after moving to Pennsylvania.
Since Raghu had already declared bankruptcy in California, availability of credit was hard to come by.
In a video confession to the Montgomery County Police that was played at the preliminary hearing today, Raghu said he’s suffered gambling losses of $15,000 the week before the two Venna murders (on October 22, 2012).
To make up for his losses, Raghunandan planned to kidnap 10-month-old Saanvi Venna, daughter of his Telugu neighbors Siva Venna and Chunchu Lata, and ransom her for $50,000.
Like Raghunandan Yandamuri, Siva and Lata are also software programmers. And Raghunandan Yandamuri saw them as easy prey for his new get-rich scheme.
But Raghu’s kidnapping attempt of baby Saanvi Venna went terribly awry and led to the death of her 61-year-old grandmother Satayavathi Venna from stab wounds caused by the 4-inch knife in Raghu’s hands.
Raghunandan said he then panicked, stuffed a cloth in Saanvi’s mouth to stop her from crying, put a towel around the baby’s head, stuffed her in a suitcase and dumped the suitcase under a bench in an unused sauna in the basement of the apartment complex where both he and the Vennas lived.
Baby Saanvi Venna was found dead on October 26, 2012 with blood on her dress.