Pittsfield woman killed in Crane Aven...
Heather Melendez

United States

#42 Nov 28, 2011
To everyone who has something nasty to say:

This is not your business, and it would be classy of you to keep your mouth shut about something that doesn't involve you. Please leave the family alone as they are dealing with enough right now, and leave your ignorant and hurtful comments off of public forums out of respect for the family. There are younger family members that will read this and DO NOT need to see these ridiculous opinions.
Very Sad

Northville, NY

#43 Nov 28, 2011
HellerCarbonCapNTradeLLC wrote:
Here's a better link:
Link to the Appellate case on LEAGLE:
http://tinyurl.com/76exm6p
Hope you enjoying this! Time to research while people lost a wife, Daughter, sister and A Grandmother you Idiot!!
Hello Newman

Hackensack, NJ

#44 Nov 28, 2011
Heather Melendez wrote:
To everyone who has something nasty to say:
This is not your business, and it would be classy of you to keep your mouth shut about something that doesn't involve you. Please leave the family alone as they are dealing with enough right now, and leave your ignorant and hurtful comments off of public forums out of respect for the family. There are younger family members that will read this and DO NOT need to see these ridiculous opinions.
The more you tell people to shut up, the more negative comments you will get. That's how this place works.

It is our business, the father/husband made it our business when he decided to get drunk and leave his wife and mother of his children Dead on the side of the road. Why don't you yell at him? Hmmm?

Is it any of YOUR Business? Why did you post here? See its a free country and there is guaranteed freedom of speech.
dalton bars hater

AOL

#45 Nov 28, 2011
my wife asked that Benlien guy to play a song he was snotty and said "we only do requests for regulars" dalton is full of local hicks that drink to much
family tragedy

Easthampton, MA

#46 Nov 28, 2011
family friend wrote:
As a family friend, I ask that you please, please keep comments classy as these three children have been through more than most of us these past few days. Yes, their mother is now dead and their dad is in jail. Please do not subject them to any other horrific comments. Everyone has an opinion but please keep in mind that these kids will be reading these..
If the children in the middle of this tragedy are looking for kindness this is not the place to find it. Clearly this is not the first tragic alcohol incident in their lives if their father could drive away from their dead mother lying in the road. More likely than not these children have witnessed the ugly side of alcohol long before this tragedy. I would imagine the children would be grieving at the loss of their mother, not reading unkind comments on Pittsfield Forum. It's not the comments that are horrific, it's the fact that their father could just drive away and leave their mother lying in the road. That's horrific.
Very Sad

Northville, NY

#47 Nov 28, 2011
Hello Newman wrote:
<quoted text>
The more you tell people to shut up, the more negative comments you will get. That's how this place works.
It is our business, the father/husband made it our business when he decided to get drunk and leave his wife and mother of his children Dead on the side of the road. Why don't you yell at him? Hmmm?
Is it any of YOUR Business? Why did you post here? See its a free country and there is guaranteed freedom of speech.
It is very much her business! your right we tripped on a scumbag site.Freedom for morons!
Very Sad

Northville, NY

#48 Nov 28, 2011
dalton bars hater wrote:
my wife asked that Benlien guy to play a song he was snotty and said "we only do requests for regulars" dalton is full of local hicks that drink to much
that a load of crap!! He is a great guy! Let your wife go to Dalton bars Hater?
Hello Newman

Hackensack, NJ

#49 Nov 28, 2011
Well bottom line is do Not drink and drive. When your wife jumps out of a moving car, don't just speed off mad and leave her Dead.

I hope they hang this Basturd! What a Loser! He didn't learn his lesson the first time, Drunk Basturd hits a parked Police car.
family tragedy

Easthampton, MA

#50 Nov 28, 2011
Heather Melendez wrote:
To everyone who has something nasty to say:
This is not your business, and it would be classy of you to keep your mouth shut about something that doesn't involve you. Please leave the family alone as they are dealing with enough right now, and leave your ignorant and hurtful comments off of public forums out of respect for the family. There are younger family members that will read this and DO NOT need to see these ridiculous opinions.
Why are there younger family members reading this, why? If you care about these younger family members then discourage them from looking at this forum. You won't find much if any solace on these blogs. Unfortunately I'm sure this family was already dealing with the ugly side of alcoholism or at least alcohol abuse before this tragedy. Did you come to the rescue of these younger family members before their father left their mother dead in the road and drove away? Were you as concerned about them being exposed to hurtful things before someone ended up dead in the middle of the road?
haters are my motivators

AOL

#51 Nov 28, 2011
this guy got away with way to much.....drugs,dwi,who knows what else. his charmed life is over....thanks to him his wife's life is too....
family tragedy trifecta

Easthampton, MA

#52 Nov 28, 2011
HellerCarbonCapNTradeLLC wrote:
Tragedy all around.
Note that The Berkshire Eagle failed to do its research on the husband.
A Google search reveals that James Benlien in 1988 was the subject of a criminal prosecution in Berkshire County for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.
COMMONWEALTH vs. JAMES E. BENLIEN. No. 88-P-1003.
According to the appellate court:
"A "no knock" search warrant permitted a search for any controlled substances and related materials in premises at 59 Weller Avenue, Pittsfield, occupied by James Benlien. Search pursuant to the warrant uncovered quantities of cocaine and marihuana and characteristic paraphernalia, and, upon trial, jury-waived, of the ensuing indictments, Benlien was found guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marihuana."
Benlein lost his appeal and the conviction was affirmed.
drugs, alcohol and children, a sure bet for a tragedy. I know its not any of my business but was the daughter out drinking with her parents?
Joe Blow

Pittsfield, MA

#53 Nov 28, 2011
When a person gets behind the wheel after "having a few" it becomes my business! My mother,gradmother,son,daughter ,brother or sister could be hurt or killed by them!
JimmyForMayor

Dallas, TX

#54 Nov 28, 2011
[QUOTE dalton is full of local hicks that drink to much[/QUOTE]
Thank you !
Freak

Hackensack, NJ

#55 Nov 28, 2011
family tragedy trifecta wrote:
<quoted text>drugs, alcohol and children, a sure bet for a tragedy. I know its not any of my business but was the daughter out drinking with her parents?
I'd have to say the children are Not fair game here. The Husband and Father is. This is the worst guy I've seen in a very long time.
family tragedy

Easthampton, MA

#56 Nov 28, 2011
Moe Syznik wrote:
<quoted text>You are a F.U.C.K.I.N.G. insensitive moron. I hope, really hope, that something like this happens to your family. You will deserve it.
Yes let's all hope for more dysfunctional families with alcohol and or drug issues and dead mothers along the side of the road. Sadly your hope is already a reality for too many families. So I'll make a wish that it wasn't so but I know it won't come true. Peace
family pain

Williamstown, MA

#60 Nov 29, 2011
when people drive drunk its everyone business. to many innocent people get killed by drunk drivers plus its against the law what don't people understand about that law. if you drink and drive expect to pay the price by losing your life or even worse somebody else life you could end. if this is the father second offense. why did the wife even let him drink in the first place she is to blame too knowing her husband had a drinking problem.
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Gaithersburg, MD

#61 Nov 29, 2011
Very Sad wrote:
<quoted text>
What do you gain by posting that????
Not a damn thing, but since his own daughter is alleging in the Eagle today that the husband was smoking crack cocaine the night of the accident, isn't a conviction for dealing cocaine relevant? You think his entire family doesn't already know this stuff? C'mon, what planet are you on?
Hey dummies

Pittsfield, MA

#62 Nov 29, 2011
Hey, dummies! Benlien is a convicted crack dealer and a convicted drunk driver. He was drunk and had smoked crack before the incident. Now his wife is dead because of his actions. So why would anyone support the bastard?
high class family

Easthampton, MA

#63 Nov 29, 2011
family friend wrote:
As a family friend, I ask that you please, please keep comments classy as these three children have been through more than most of us these past few days. Yes, their mother is now dead and their dad is in jail. Please do not subject them to any other horrific comments. Everyone has an opinion but please keep in mind that these kids will be reading these..
"please keep comments classy" the parents, one dead one now, first got liquored up at home, as I guess classy drunks like these classy drunks will do, then went off to that classy pub to spend quality family time getting drunk with their daughter at that classy pub, Zenners. Where daddy would go off and smoke crack cocaine and then lie to mommy about it. Amanda Benlien allegedly told the police her parents were bickering before they even went out on the town, but said the bickering was nothing unusual. Is that classy enough for you? I'm just happy no one else was harmed or died while this classy family was spending quality family time together.
Durr123

Schenectady, NY

#64 Nov 29, 2011
Iamme wrote:
I wonder what watering hole they came from,I have a good idea but won't say on here
What kind of parents take their kid to Zen's?

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