Murders of Martine Bernard and Roosevelt Bernard by Cassandritz Blanc investigated on Signs of a Psychopath

Mugshot of Cassandritz Blanc
Cassandritz Blanc is serving a life sentence after admitting to killing his pregnant wife and his father-in-law. Pic credit: FL Dept. of Corrections

Signs of a Psychopath is investigating the crimes of Cassandritz Blanc, who pleaded guilty to the murders of his pregnant wife, Martine Bernard, and his father-in-law, Roosevelt Bernard, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

On June 4, 2018, Blanc shot and killed his 20-year-old wife, Martine, at their home. She was six months pregnant with their baby, who was due to be named after him.

Blanc said he shot his wife in the head because she had disrespected him.

The killer kept the body in their apartment for about a week until he tried to dismember the remains. When he failed to chop up his wife, he dumped her remains in a dumpster behind their apartment building.

In the meantime, a few days after the murder, Blanc went to the home of his father-in-law, 68-year-old Roosevelt Bernard, in Hollywood, FL, and shot him in the back of the neck. He then tried to burn the remains in a back alley near the house.

The cowardly killer later told the detectives that he shot Roosevelt because he couldn’t bear to face him after killing his daughter.

Killer Cassandritz Blanc caught disposing of Martine Bernard remains

The police called their case against Blanc a slam dunk because they actually had him under surveillance when he put Martine’s remains in the dumpster. A neighbor’s surveillance camera had also spotted him in the area where Roosevelt’s burnt remains were found.

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Blanc pleaded guilty to the murders. If he had not pleaded guilty, a jury would have likely found him guilty, and he would have faced the death penalty.

The killer was convicted of three premeditated murders, including that of his unborn son. He was given three life sentences.

Blanc was also convicted on two counts of abuse of a corpse, for which he was given two 15-year sentences.

Cassandritz Blanc claimed he was sorry after killing Martine Bernard and Roosevelt Bernard

At the sentencing, Blanc apologized to the victims’ family, but he acknowledged that his “words don’t mean anything.”

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Murphy also admitted no words could comfort the Bernard family.

Roosevelt’s son, Roosevelt Bernard Jr, told the court, “No matter what I feel now, it doesn’t change the hurt and the pain that we’ve gone through. So that apology, as sincere as it was on his part, it doesn’t hold for our family.”

Blanc is currently incarcerated at the South Bay Correctional Facility in South Bay, FL.

Signs of a Psychopath airs Sundays at 10/11c on Investigation Discovery.

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