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In June, Puccio confided to Connelly that Kent had been abusive to him quite often over the years.
According to Tim Donnelly, who prosecuted all the conspirators for this murder, one attorney described Kent as "very Eddie Haskell like.The murder resulted in a best-selling true crime book in 1998, Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge (ISBN 0-380-72333-6), written by Jim Schutze.The book was adapted by David Mc Kenna (credited under the pseudonym "Zachary Long" after he demanded his name be removed from the film) and Roger Pullis into the 2001 film, Bully, directed by Larry Clark.Adults saw him one way (polite and charming) while the kids saw him in a completely different way." Marty Puccio is an Italian-American and was raised Roman Catholic.
Kent and Puccio had known each other since third grade, had lived on the same block in Hollywood in Broward County since that time, and were good friends as adults. Puccio felt "ill-will and hatred" towards Kent because he would bully and pummel Puccio.
Willis, Connelly, Semenec and Swallers then went back to Connelly's house and were joined by her cousin, Derek Dzvirko (aged 19).