Chilling Video – Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri is Hoisted with His Own Petard

(Thanks: Nikhilpalla)

Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri’s video confession and enactment of the Venna killings is chilling in its horror.

The below 21.54-minute video was presented in the Bridgeport, PA court room todayΒ  during the preliminary hearing.

The video is so damning in its impact that it’s impossible to believe that Raghunandan Yandamuri will not be the first Indian to receive the lethal injection in America.

Folks, Raghunandan Yandamuri is doomed.

Not even Lord Balaji of the Seven Hills can help Raghunandan!

Note: Be patient now, the English stuff in the below video does not start until 59 seconds have passed.

Raghunandan Yandamuri Arraignment

The Montgomery County court system has set Raghunandan Yandamuri’s arraignment for 9:30AM on January 16, 2013, two days after the Sankranthi festival for Telugus.

During the arraignment, the charges will be formally read out to Raghunandan Yandamuri in the court room.

At the arraignment, Raghu will have to enter a plea: Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest (meaning the accused does not admit guilt but will not contest the charges).

We won’t be surprised if Raghunandan Yandamuri brings an end to the sordid crime drama by pleading Guilty during his arraignment on January 16, 2013.

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Essential Facts about Raghunandan Yandamuri
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41 Responses to "Chilling Video – Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri is Hoisted with His Own Petard"

  1. gandhiji   November 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks SI.

    • gandhiji   November 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Thanks to Nikhil too.

      Glad that the idiot didn’t exercise his Miranda Rights.

      He probably thought that he was a great liar too.

      Well done, detectives.

      This bitch was probably too easy for them.

      Hope justice will be delivered swift and cheap.

      No punishment would suffice. Responds:

      You write: He probably thought that he was a great liar too.

      Oh, No.

      Au contraire, Raghunandan Yandamuri was actually speaking the truth in the video.

      • Desimom99   November 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

        I am pretty positive he is lying because the autopsy conducted on Mrs. Venna revealed that she died of multiple stab wounds both offensive and defensive and he only described ONE stab wound to her neck.

        I think the report said she had wounds to her chest as well if I recall correctly.

        He is making this all look like it was an “accident”!

      • gandhiji   November 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

        His explanation about the “depth” cut on grandma’s throat is a complete lie.

        The interrogation video (will that be made public too?), if there is any, will reveal more lies, I bet.

        If he is going to maintain that grandma’s murder was not premeditated, then he would plead NG. More fodder for voyeurs. Responds:

        I don’t know if there is another interrogation video.

        I doubt it because such a thing in the initial phases of interrogation would tend to make the interviewee nervous. It must have been merely an oral interrogation.

        Usually, the tactic at the oral interrogation is to make the interviewee comfortable and at ease to extract maximum information.

        The above video has come after he was arrested and the key information was already extracted, written down and signed!

        • gandhiji   November 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

          I think this is the “voluntary statement” video.

          That’s probably why the police didn’t question about the multiple stab wounds etc.

          And what exactly he did in his ‘1 minute anger’, because he said that everything that had happened was accidental.. including the slit on the throat.


          He may have lied on the details but in a sense the lies here don’t really matter much because in the Big Picture he essentially confessed to the whole crime and thereby inextricably crucified himself.

          • srini.srigha   November 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

            This guy was definitely not telling the truth.

            It does not matter, anyway.

            But it was not an accident to kill the old lady.

            He did not expect that there would be a struggle with the old day.

            Just come in and take the baby and the old lady will watch the show and will not shout as there is a knife in hand was this guy’s thought.

            That did not happen and there was definitely a struggle with the old lady and in that process he cut her throat and this was no accident.

            What a shame. All this for 50K?


            1. It’s hard to understand how Raghunandan Yandamuri thought he could get away from grandma identifying him (remember, she’d seen him at Chenchu Lata’s birthday party).

            Not killing her was therefore not an option for him to get off/from being identified as the kidnapper.

            So his “accidental” defense sounds like a poor lie.

            2. The only other possible explanation for the his “accidental” defense is that the plan was so hastily conceived he did not think of the consequences.

            Also, the ransom note asking Lata to come to the Baja Fresh fast food place across the road makes no sense.

            Did he really think that Siva Venna/Lata Venna would not inform the police and that they’d be watching the restaurant when he went there to collect the ransom.

            Makes me inclined to believe that this was an incredibly stupid plan (albeit with tragic consequences), from the get-go.

  2. srini.srigha   November 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Chilling is an understatement.

    This guy is in real real trouble for the rest of his life.

    He should commit suicide immediately.

  3. GMD1981   November 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    So hard to watch.

    What an idiot!

    What a stupendous idiot! Responds:

    Unbelievable, isn’t it?

    Raghunandan Yandamuri completely, totally crucified himself in the video.

    It’s obvious that Raghu Yandamuri has not watched even a single episode of Law and Order!

  4. Naveen   November 29, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I don’t understand. On one hand there is this video with his confession and on the other hand he is not pleading guilty.

    What am I missing?? Responds:

    1. Guilty/Not Guilty is determined in a court of law not in a police station

    2. Second, as I understand it, from a legal perspective a defendant (accused) gets an opportunity to plead guilty, not guilty or no contest during the upcoming arraignment (one of the steps in the case).

    But a defendant (accused) may also waive the preliminary hearing after preliminary arraignment (the step just after arrest) itself.

    **There is also the possibility that even before a preliminary hearing a criminal case will be resolved through a plea bargain between the government and the defendant. That obviously did not happen yesterday.**

    Generally speaking though, guilty, not guilty, no contest plea happens during the arraignment process, scheduled for January 16, 2013 in Raghunandan Yandamuri’s case.

    So Raghu’s actions yesterday was not completely surprising. Most likely, he’ll plead guilty during the Arraignment process.

  5. shar   November 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

    hmm pathetic guy!!

    As per police report there were multiple stabs on grandma it conflicts with he says in the video…wondering that he is coolly doing a presentation as if they are some big company hiring team who gonna give applaud after his presentation… Responds:

    With his dramatic enactments, Raghunandan Yandamuri seemed to be auditioning for a role in the next Tollywood “Blockbuster”….

    ****To all future Yandamuris, I strongly recommend you guys watch at least a few episodes of Law and Order so that you don’t make an ass of yourself like Raghunandan Yandamuri did in the police station.****

    Tight Lip is the Best Lip until you get a lawyer to represent you.

    • Desimom99   November 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Well we all know he has no brain to begin with.

      If he had any brain matter, he wouldn’t have thought of this stupid “plan” to get rich.

      I think that he confessed to everything and described everything in excruciating detail because he may be thought somehow this would help him get off easily????!

      I hope he rots in the prison and I read somewhere that PA has only executed THREE inmates on death row since 1978 when the death penalty was reinstated so he has a LONG way to go. Responds:

      His best hope is to get Death Penalty and get thrown into solitary confinement with limited or zero contact with other prisoners.

      In the general population, he’d just be easy bait.

  6. Desimom99   November 29, 2012 at 9:19 am


    This was SO FRIGGING HARD TO watch!

    I started bawling as soon as he started talking about Saanvi!

    I have a little one who is a couple of days older than Saanvi and I just cannot imagine how hard this must be for the Vennas.

    I did not sense any remorse in the IDIOT’S tone/body language.

    He just is the BIGGEST IDIOT EVER! OMG!!!

    If he had thought even for a single second how his plan was going to work this would have been avoided.

    What a biggest loser.

    I cannot imagine how a “normal” person could do this!

    Ah! This officially ruined my day!! Responds:

    The problem is everyone wants to be rich YESTERDAY, not today, not tomorrow or the day after!

    Even without the murder of the grandma, how could Raghunandan Yandamuri even conceive of getting away with the crime of kidnapping the baby.

    Even with the hoodie, he’d be a dead giveaway as an Indian because of the unmistakable accent.

    Plus, he’d attended a birthday party for Chenchu Lata where the grandmother might have seen him.

    Besides the tragedy Raghunandan Yandamuri inflicted on the Vennas, he’s now created a Trust Deficit within the Indian community.

    • Desimom99   November 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

      I would think he would have been better off trying to find an open door/getting into someone apartment and robbing them!

      He probably would have made more money especially if it is an Indian apt!

      We all know we have jewelry stashed in very obvious places around the house. Responds:

      In future, when I’m thirsty I will look for a Soda Machine in an office and take a peek behind it.

      Thirsty for money, I mean.

      No more Powerballs for me! Soda Machine is the way to go!

      Context: Raghunandan Yandamuri says in the video confession that he hid some of the stolen jewelry behind the Coke/Soda machine in his office.

      • Desimom99   November 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

        I guess I missed that…soda machine reference!

        What a douche!

    • svhyd   November 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

      “If he had thought even for a single second how his plan was going to work this would have been avoided.” – exactly, that is what separates the sane from the insane.

      I’m sure he had a lot of time to ponder given the amount of time he spent in planning, writing a ransom note, making copies of it (I wonder why he made 10 copies??!!)

      He did mention in the video towards the end that he was angry. Was he angry at himself, angry that he lost so much money in gambling?

      Angry that the Venna family was earning more than him and didn’t deserve it?

      I don’t see the anything about the more “latest” losses he suffered in gambling (15K), was that part of the initial interrogation video?

      I’m not sure why the detectives did not discuss the “motive” behind all this, in *this* video, to establish the real motive that prompted him to do the kidnapping in first place.

      I’m sure the prosecution will bring this up at some point. Responds:

      1. The $15,000 Gambling loss and the $20,000 Gambling win in recent months (yes, he was not a ‘total loser’) came up at the the Preliminary Hearing yesterday.

      Most likely, it was discussed in a different video tape.

      2. Motive is clear from the video (@18.46 min) – Money. “They both are working. So I thought they will be having some money.” – Raghu Yandamuri

      3. Basically, it looks like a hastily conceived plan that had disaster/failure/tragedy written all over it.

      4. By anger, I think he means a misstep, the bad decision to undertake this whole affair.

      As is obvious from the video, Raghu’s English is not exactly “Spelling Bee” quality.

      So interpreting the meaning behind his words can get a bit tricky.

      • svhyd   November 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        @ Desimom99: β€œIf he had thought even for a single second how his plan was going to work this would have been avoided.”

        And not everyone is a meticulous planner like Russell Crowe in The Next Three Days Responds:

        Watched the movie a few months back.

        Wow, so much love scares me! πŸ˜‰

        The car chase was not bad!

    • BingTheBang   December 2, 2012 at 4:13 am

      “Trust Deficit”? do you have higher trust levels for Indian community, sounds racist.. Responds:

      1. Yes, my hypothesis is that trust levels within ethnic Asian or any other emigre groups are higher, particularly among first generation immigrants.

      They tend to socialize together, live close-by, worship in same temples or churches (there are tons of Indian churches, Korean churches etc in USA), are members of same associations, live in the same neighborhood, shop in the same stores, watch the same shitty films etc.

      Essentially, it boils down to safety and comfort in familiarity for these first-generation immigrants. They trust more what they know best.

      In other words, social cohesion is at high levels within such ethnic groups, be they Indian, Armenian, Ukrainian, Pakistani or any other new immigrant group.

      When an Indian immigrant grandma looks in the peephole of a door and sees an Indian stranger, he/she will open the door despite the person being a stranger. But the same grandma will not open the door for a non-Indian stranger. That’s an example of a trust deficit. There is a higher trust level among members of your own ‘ethnic’ group.

      2. Trust Deficit is not a new concept of sociology.

      It’s a concept that’s usually discussed within larger units, say like between people and the government institutions, but is also applicable to smaller units like ethnic emigre groups.

      Trust Levels have been eroding in societies worldwide due to the actions of some institutions/individuals like corporations, misbehavior of mega-churches, big-name fraudulent Hindu saints, rabble rousing politicians etc, leading to higher levels of Trust Deficits.

      3. Raghunandan Yandamuri’s actions will most likely erode trust levels among members of the Indian community and increase Trust Deficit.

      Increase of Trust Deficit is not healthy for any society because eventually you tend to see anyone outside yourself/your immediate family in adversarial terms.

      Hardly anything racist in what I wrote in the comment or in Sisri’s acknowledgement of it.

      I recommend you read to get some notion of Trust Deficit although the article focuses more on the Trust Deficit between mainstream Americans and large institutions like Govt, mega-churches, corporations etc.

      The next time an ignoramus like you develops the restless itch to scribble some drivel like ‘sounds racist’ etc, take a kitchen knife to your fingers. And here’s how to do it. πŸ™

      For those who haven’t seen Passage, I remember it as an interesting film. Watched it 28-30-years back.

  7. Sisri   November 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

    What an ass!

    Idiot has no clue about what he is talking about! Responds:

    No way he can get the confession video suppressed at trial because he agreed with the police in the video that they had treated him well.

    • Sisri   November 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Exactly, and he said those words and not merely nod and agree, it will be really hard for him to retract that.

      And, he agreed that he was not under influence of alchohol/drugs to show premeditation/careful planning.

      The detectives were probably thinking what a cake walk this was!

      And agree that this will create a trust deficit within Indian community.

      • Sisri   November 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

        and what is with “just wanted to kidnap” “JUST”! Responds:

        While that’s no solace to the Vennas, he JUST buggered himself in the video.

    • svhyd   November 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Well he could *now* say that he was forced by the police into saying that “they had treated him well”. Responds:

      Reminds me of Groucho Marx’ (??) famous quote:

      Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes? πŸ˜‰

      • svhyd   November 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Reminds me of Knox’s withdrawal of her statement.


        Before she was taken to prison, Knox, who still had not seen a lawyer, wrote a four-page note. In it, she wrote: “This is very strange, I know, but really ***what happened is as confusing to me as it is to everyone else***. I have been told there is hard evidence saying that I was at the place of the murder of my friend when it happened. This, I want to confirm, is something that to me, if asked a few days ago, would be impossible.”

        She wrote that memories and “flashes of blurred images” had begun mingling in her mind: “In regards to this ‘confession’ that I made last night, I want to make clear that *** I’m very doubtful of the verity of my statements because they were made under the pressures of stress, shock and extreme exhaustion. *** Not only was I told I would be arrested and put in jail for 30 years, but I was also hit in the head when I didn’t remember a fact correctly. I understand that the police are under a lot of stress, so I understand the treatment I received.” Responds:

        I suppose that’s theoretically possible….Raghu Yandamuri can also cite the “pressures of stress, shock and extreme exhaustion” but he’ll need more legal resources than a Public Defender.

  8. svhyd   November 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

    “Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest (meaning the accused does not admit guilt but will not contest the charges)”

    Reminds me of the traffic ticket I ‘No Contested’ and walked away with just the fine.

  9. santoshg   November 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I am really not able to control my tears after watching this video… this idiot should torture in the same way, he should keep in a box for days without food and should give the same death punishments how he treated ‘Saanvi’.

    His hands and legs must cut off and ask him live for entire life… at least he never felt nervous in his speech and also he was putting his hands in pocket and walking stylist.. is this the guy who feel guilty? no, no chance at all, at least he would have gone from there after he harmed to Saanvi’s grand-mother, he would be safe from death penalty.

    After killing of grandma also, he tried for money and taken saanvi. If he is really a human, he would have run from there. But he is really a devil who wants money…

    Why this idiot mom or wife not even estimated his mental condition and not even warn him and I surely say that, [deleted because there is no proof and it seems totally unfair].

    My request is if your son or daughter is not earning good money, please don’t force them, guide them in a good way. If we beg on roads, we can earn the money for our food. Begging is not a bad thing, it is 1000 times better than what he did.

    Instead of doing these things, Raghunandan may beg in front Siva.Venna, he would have surely help him, he is such a nice person. But this devil harm to a good person family. This is true good people only struggles a lot in life.

    Love you saanvi. Responds:

    We don’t follow Islamic or the Taliban law here.

    The justice system takes its own course based on well-defined procedures.

  10. cmp   November 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    he said he went back to his home and had a shower.. then what about her wife..does she know all this..and again he went home filled a bottle with milk..i am sure his wife might be knowing all this Responds:

    How Raghu Yandamuri managed to pull the wool over his wife is one of the mysteries.

    Surely, the Montgomery County police have questioned her by now and the fact that she’s now returned to India means she’s as much a victim as the Vennas.

    • cmp   November 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      We can easily say he is an insane..he filed bankruptcy for $ one will do that..he can earn that money in couple of months..he is addicted to gambling..

      he knew that he filed bankruptcy before marriage..he could have postponed his marriage and cleared his loans.

      more over he is sending $600 to his mom every month.

      Grandma saw him before..definitely she would have recognised him ( he said he wore a hoodie). i guess he killed her because she recognised her Responds:

      1. If addiction to gambling is insanity, then we’re a nation of insane people. πŸ˜‰

      2. You write: he knew that he filed bankruptcy before marriage..he could have postponed his marriage and cleared his loans.

      You are wrong. Raghu Yandamuri was already married when he declared Bankruptcy.

      The Bankruptcy filing has his wife’s name.

      Pl see P.28, in the section Statement of Financial Affairs, Item #16 in below link:

    • svhyd   November 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      >> the fact that she’s now returned to India

      Really? When did this happen?

      How / why did the police let her leave, to India?

      I don’t believe she is involved in the crime BUT I’m guessing it had been proven beyond doubt by the police / investigators that Raghu acted alone. Responds:

      There’s no information yet on her flight schedule. πŸ˜‰

      I too think she’s another victim.

      Raghunandan Yandamuri’s lawyer Stephen Heckman disclosed yesterday that she had left for India.

      • svhyd   November 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm

        Thinking of Komali leaving to India, I bet TV9 and the other Indian paparazzi should be getting busy to stalk her. Responds:

        Media/Paparazzi give what people love to read/watch.

  11. gandhiji   November 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    inteRAsting numeRAlogy

    Dharun RAvi
    MuRAli Nookella
    RAj RAjRAtnam
    RAjat Gupta
    Anand SekaRAn
    RAghunandan Yandamuri Responds:

    1. Interesting! πŸ˜‰

    There was a DE kid too…who was harassing an ex-girl friend…hacking into her e-mail etc….got caught into shit with the FBI after she complained.

    Forgot his name. We had a post on him….but after the whole thing was settled he wrote us a pleading letter explaining that he had already paid a big price (which is true) and requested us to take the post down since it was coming up when people were searching his name.

    Since we are suckers for politeness….always works with us….we took it down.

    2. But you forgot the biggest name of them all…..Kingfish of all these crooks. Not sure if you were in the U.S. then.

    Let’s see how good your sleuthing skills are.

    No clues…not even a minor one! πŸ˜‰

    OK, one clue – I don’t think we’ve mentioned the name ever.

    • gandhiji   November 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      ChandRA Mohan Jain.. a.k.a RAjneesh? yeah, totally forgot him. Anand Jon(arguably the second most glamorous indian criminal after Osho) doesn’t have a RA πŸ™ Responds:

      “Big” as the above characters are…the one I’m talking of is, maybe, even more notorious.

      • gandhiji   November 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

        Did Charles Sobhraj have American ties? Responds:

        No idea…but you’re barking up the wrong tree!

        • gandhiji   November 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm

          OK, can I have a clue, please..


          OK, I’ll do a short post on the “Kingfish” in a few hours.

          • gandhiji   November 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

            hmm.. is there a clue in Kingfish. I tried RajMachli MannaMeen.. nothing seems to work πŸ™

  12. GMD1981   November 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I was partly shameless for following this case for entertainment value, but after seeing the video now I feel really ashamed and I feel sad about the poor baby.

    That’s it folks, GMD is gonna get a shotgun, and if anyone tries and Yandamuri one me, I will do exactly what Jesus says in this video from 1:32:

    BTW: Multiple stab wounds were found in the Grandma. I guess she walked into the knife again and again… accidentally. How convenient!!! Responds:

    1. Great Scene…..Your video

    The Dude’s drink –

    The Dude’s movie –

    2. Now all we got to do is wait for the jackass RGV to ‘immortalize’ Yandamuri in his next film!

    3. In the Yandamuri video, the lifting up the neck of the mock grandma (the detective on the table) with the plastic knife was weird, like out of a Guy Ritchie movie.

  13. svhyd   November 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    @GMD >> if anyone tries and Yandamuri one me

    GMD, did you mean “if anyone tries *an* Yandamuri *on* me?”

    @SI >> the lifting up the neck of the mock grandma (the detective on the table) with the plastic knife was weird, like out of a Guy Ritchie movie

    Only a person with true grit and lots of guts could actually *commit* a crime like this. Explaining after the fact is the easy part. There is a big difference b/w threatening to kill someone like that guy in The Big Lebowski (I’m yet to watch that movie BTW) and actually killing someone with a weapon.

    A mere sorry is not enough; if he is really remorseful, Raghu Yandamuri should dedicate the rest of his life in helping/comforting the Vennas in someway (as long as he is alive, that is).

    Raghu, if you are reading this from the prison: You can start this right away (not wait for the verdict) by writing a personal letter of apology to the Vennas. Responds:

    Speaking from my far-too-long years on Planet Earth, words yield poor comfort.

    There are some things you never forget till your last breath.

    Raghu’s letter to the Vennas would be like Hitler telling “sorry” to the Jews’ families he gassed in Treblinka, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz!

    • GMD1981   November 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm


      English is not really my forte πŸ™ and what I meant was: “β€œif anyone tries *a* Yandamuri *on* me?””.

      I was against gun ownership. Now I am changing my views about it. Responds:

      I’ve also been mulling the purchase of a gun! There’s a shooting range close-by for practice.

  14. svhyd   November 30, 2012 at 12:45 am

    GMD, me neither. Just confirming what I thought you meant.

    I read this article (link below) sometime around the Dark Night shootings and found it to be hilarious at first, but the message it sends across is chilling (buying guns for your kids, weekend shooting party and stuff like that). As Mr. Spiderman says in one of the movies, with great power comes great responsibility.

    Imagine Raghu going into the Venna’s apartment with a gun instead of a knife. He would have likely shot Saanvi’s grandmom and would not have hesitated taking a few others lives along the way (if someone confronted him)

  15. svhyd   November 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Can’t help thinking of this case after looking at this ad/item. Funny how it is named ‘Your Ex..’ πŸ™‚

    Your Ex Knife Holder Set

    Everyone suffers from a broken heart at one point or another, spending weeks and even months in a state of depression and anger feeling utterly hopeless. Although you may feel like crap at the moment, at least you can exact your revenge every time you step into the kitchen with your ex knife holder set. Responds:

    $80 is too pricey.

    I like the voodoo custom of making a doll of rags and sticking pins in it better.

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