Joseph Brosta IV
41 Years Old

February 9, 1947 to October 14, 1988

Joseph Brosta IV, of Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from Orange High School in Moreland Hills, Ohio, attended Northwestern University and received a communications degree from Ohio University in 1971. Joseph was a scholar and often said "the fountain of youth is on the college campuses." He was a writer and entertainer and was interested in the humanities, fine arts, photography, music, swimming and skiing. Joseph also loved camping in the northwest woods and although he had taken a gun practice class, Joseph loved animals and chose not to hunt them, and in fact, had adopted several homeless animals. Joseph had a keen interest in Indians and NASA and flew single engine planes. He also enjoyed boating and seasonal activities. Joseph was extremely creative and had great ideas for fashions, etc. He was also a dancer. At one time he worked as a disc jockey for WZAK radio in Cleveland; he also worked for The Scene magazine. Joseph was honest, gentle, and children loved his humorous wit.

Joseph is survived by his parents, Joseph and Betty Brosta, and his sister Gloria Christine Celeste Britton of Portage, Michigan.


On October 14, 1988, 41-year-old Joseph Brosta IV, of Northridge, California, was the victim of a conspiracy-to-kill plot. Roger Moore was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 27 years to life in prison. He was also convicted of robbery, but his sentence on this charge was stayed because of the life sentence.

Frederick Kelly was charged with being an accessory to the crime and allowed to plea bargain to one year and four months in prison. He is now free.

Erin Blunt was convicted of manslaughter and armed robbery, and sentenced to 13 years and 11 years, to be served consecutively on the two charges. Blunt could be released after serving 6 and 1/2 years.

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Joseph Brosta