Steve Herman Bronson Jr., who confessed last week to murdering Norma Page, a reverend’s wife, in 1979, is no stranger to the court system.
Also known as Nancy Sue Bronson – the name he was booked under due to his transvestite preferences – Bronson, 62, has a 29-page rap sheet with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
For 25 years, Bronson became well known to Florida law enforcement for crimes that ran the gamut from speeding to attempted murder to trespassing with a deadly weapon. He was arrested 11 times from 1967 to 1992 by officers in Orange, Lake and Osceola counties.
While any juvenile record Bronson may have had was unknown, his adult criminal record began at the age of 19, when he was charged with attempted murder, trespassing in fruit groves with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering a dwelling and malicious injury to a dog in Osceola County.
He was convicted and sentenced to 10 years and four years of probation.
In September 1980, Bronson was sentenced to 18 years in Lake County for grand larceny and escape. However, based on his criminal records, he was back on the streets of Kissimmee by January 1990, when he was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and aggravated assault with a weapon.
St. Cloud Police Chief Pete Gauntlett, during the Dec. 30 press conference announcing Bronson had been arrested for Page’s murder, said Bronson had been in jail most of his adult life.
“When he was out, he was definitely a bad guy,” Gauntlett said.“That’s why we have our sights set dead on him.”
Gauntlett said his agency and others in Osceola County are working to make certain Bronson is not responsible for any other unsolved cases in the area.
Gauntlett said his office has sent information to the Kissimmee Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI in reference to criminal cases Bronson may have been involved in.
For example, Bronson is a person of interest in at least two other murder cases in Osceola County.