Who Knew Richard Gamble's Real Identity as Ronald Miranda, Accused Murderer?

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Who knew that Richard Gamble (R) was actually Ronald Miranda (L)?
Earlier this week we reported the strange case of Richard Gamble, manager of the Captain's Seafood & Restaurant in Florida City. Gamble was arrested earlier this month for allegedly threatening to kill his employees. But when his fingerprints were taken, cops discovered that Gamble was actually Ronald Gerald Miranda: a fugitive wanted by the FBI for a murder 31 years ago in Los Banos, California.

When we first tried contacting other Captain's employees for our story, however, two of them demanded money for an interview.

Now waitress Ruth Di Pasqua is speaking out, alleging that Gamble's girlfriend and boss had to have known of his shady past. They deny it.

Di Pasqua says she began working at Captain's in late 2005, shortly before Gamble moved down and became manager. From his first day on the job, Gamble was trouble, she says.

"He was drunk, rude, and obnoxious," Di Pasqua says. Worse than his drinking problem, however, was his habit of pulling out his handgun at work. One time, she claims, he put it to the head of a bum who sat on the restaurant's back porch and told him to "fuck off."

When a customer at the restaurant complained, Gamble allegedly bragged out loud about how easy it is to kill someone.

"He said, 'It's so easy to get away with murder: you just clean up the blood, put the body in the dumpster, and drive it out to Everglades,'" Di Pasqua says.

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Gamble/Miranda's tiny trailer in Florida City
Gamble's threats got so bad by 2007 that Di Pasqua even drove up to the restaurant's sister location -- the Captain's Tavern in Kendall -- to complain. She says she spoke to Audrey Bowers, wife of the restaurants' owner Bill Bowers, but Bowers did nothing. Gamble's threats grew worse until April 5 of this year, when Di Pasqua and other employees finally went to the police.

Di Pasqua doesn't see how Bill Bowers couldn't have known about Gamble's past. After all, she says, it was Bowers who promoted him.

"What I can't understand is, how are you going to give a manager an automobile to drive if he doesn't even have a driver's license?" she asks.

Gamble was pulled over by police in 2009. Despite not having a license and never showing for a court hearing, a judge later dismissed the charges.

"How could you have an employee for all those years and not realize something was wrong?" Di Pasqua says. "I figured it out because of the stories he would tell."

She says Gamble sometimes went by "Frank," alternately claimed he was from Minnesota and Missouri, and said his scars came from both Vietnam and a car accident. "His stories never came together," she says.

Gamble's boss denies he knew more than anyone else.

"I didn't know who Richard was until his new real name came out in the papers," Bowers told Riptide earlier this month. "Do I feel deceived by him? No. He wasn't deceptive to me. I think that's his own business."

Di Pasqua also claims that Bridget Hyman -- her fellow Captain's waitress and Gamble's girlfriend -- knows more than she's letting on

Di Pasqua says that when she took Hyman to the police station after cops arrested Gamble, her friend "played stupid" for the police.

"She told them, 'I would just like to know who I've been with all these years,'" Di Pasqua says. The cops told them that his real name was Ronald, but didn't give a middle or last name. Yet, as they left the station, Hyman said: "At least he kept two of his initials," meaning R (Ronald/Richard) and G (Gerald/Gamble).

"So there is no way that she didn't know who he really was," Di Pasqua claims. "Otherwise, where did she come up with the G?"

Hyman pleads ignorance of her longtime partner's previous life. "She's not correct," she says of Di Pasqua's claim.

But others in Florida City are equally suspicious of Hyman. Neighbor Jordan Hale says she continues to live in Gamble/Miranda's trailer and drive his white Jeep.

"If she claims she didn't know about it, she's a damn liar and needs to be investigated too," he says.

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commonsensenotcommon
commonsensenotcommon

First of all, leave Bridget alone!  Secondly, no matter what your judgements are on Richard.  Richard ran a damn good restaurant.  sorry, but that food is getting worse and worse every visit.  lol  I know this isn't about the restaurant, but damn.  I can't help but comment about it.  He might have been nasty, and mean to his employees; which is completely unacceptable, but I had no complaints when that man ran the restaurant. The statements the employee makes about Bridget are completely ridiculous.  If you really knew Bridget, you'd know she didn't know anything.  She might have rubbed you the wrong way a few times, but don't throw her under the bus.  That's just fucked up.  By the way, the freaking comments I've been reading are just uncalled for.  I can't believe the loss of freaking human compassion.  You people freak me the fuck out.  I can't believe how heartless people can be.  There's a lot of sociopaths that read the miaminewtimes, I guess?- a new reader from West Palm Beach.

Fancy17402
Fancy17402

OMG PEOPLE PLEASE STOP they should change. The Headlines TO: HOW ONE MAN'S WRONG DOING CAN TEAR APART SO MANY LIVES.

AS STORY CONTINUES FAMILYS AWAITING PUBLIC HUMILIATION.

April
April

Holy crap, this is getting out of hand. I am so sorry for the families that this must embarrass. I think everyone is letting this get too out of control, and getting too emotional. I understand everyone has a different view or perspective of things, but I think we are all adults and should realize we are all entitled to our opinion, and should never threaten or talk down about anyone but who's on topic here, Richard. I hope you can all still remain friends, and co-workers. I do not work there, thank goodness because I too wouldn't have let Richard pull a gun on me...

QueenB
QueenB

What if Richard was your family member? It's be a different story then wouldn't it. Only God can judge him, and his jury shall he go to trial. If he does then all this publicity isn't going to give him a fair trial. Yea he killed a man, and DUH IT IS WRONG, and he is currently awaiting his judgement day. NONE of you have anything to do with it GROW THE HELL UP and GET ON WITH YOUR DAMN LIFE! NOT HIS! Damn I can't wait for them to get rid of this DUMB DUMB woman.

GetaFkgClue
GetaFkgClue

I think its funny how ppl who dont have jobs let alone work there can call a murder/fugitive a "compassionate" man. Osama bin Laden was framed to right? Go spew your bullshit somewhere else and get a your facts straight first at least get a clue My sympathy lies with the vics family and nowhere else. Lets not forget someone was murdered 31 years ago and a family has lived with the anguish since then. For their sakes Im glad their long wait for justice is over. All us God fearing ppl dont forget thou shall not kill (even in passion) in one of the 10 commandments. prepare to be judged one day Ronnie.

LosBanos
LosBanos

What we are all forgetting is that Richard Gamble(Ronnie)killed an innocent man, who died at a young age with kids he never got to see or raise. On the other hand Ronnie's family for all these years have lived with the unknown of where he has been. It is going to be a very trying time for everyone involved, let justice be served. It is time for Ronnie to pay for the crime he committed.

Christina Morua
Christina Morua

Ruth Di Pasqua is a lonely old lady who is just looking for attention and needs to get a life. She should feel thankful that Richard continuesly re-hired her even against his and her daughter's better judgement. It truely is sad how a person will steep to such a low level to try to gain some attention for herself. This article is clearly SLANDER of her employer and DEFAMATION of a wonderful family owned resturant. Personally speaking if I were the owner I would fire her loud mouth ass and NEVER give a recommendation and make it known what type of person SHE really is. It is no one's business of who Richard Gamble really is or his legal troubles. Maybe someone should dig up Ruth's legal history and expolit it for the world to see. What really is embarrasing is how good Captain's resturant has treated such a low life woman.

BilaSkraps
BilaSkraps

If i were Bridgett or the Captain i'd get a lawyer. That's called SLANDER !! And if i were the New Times i'd ask Ruth who the Florida City Police Officers were that told her Richard was also a suspect in the rape and kidnapping of another woman. Anybody who knows Ruth knows she is a pathological liar. I've lived in Homestead most of my life so i was able to find out what the truth was and what the lies were !! There's not a whole lot of truthful blood that runs thru that lying two faced bitches body !! The New Times might want to find out who they're getting their "So Called" facts from !!! Because this bitch lives in her own imaginary world !! Why don't you talk to the people who have some compassion for the man who helped them out in their most desperate times. Why don't you try and find out about the other side of Richard. Those people will FAR outway by number the selfish fucks that wont do an interview unless they get paid for it !!

April
April

I think that's messed up to say anything like that...My husband worked there, and Richard was a GOOD boss, but made some wrong choices. If it wasn't for Richard, those people wouldn't even be there.

Vampyric2angel
Vampyric2angel

This is coming from someone who is a pathological LIAR. Just a couple of weeks ago she claimed Taylor Swift asked her husband to write songs for her, but he declined... ok... they live in a trailor park why would he decline. Ruth is the most unreliable witness there is out there, and this information on her behalf is false speculation. I hope nobody files a civil suit on her. I know Bridget personally and she had NO IDEA!!!!!!! She is absolutely DISTRAUGHT and is seeking out his family to find out who he was before he became Richard. Get your story straight.

geythestorystright
geythestorystright

You people are crazy.I myself have eaten in the restaurant and have had the unfortunate pleasure of watching and hearing this man You all some how worship cursing and screaming and always drunkYou all should be thankful that the women you speak of (And may I say you're all wrong about her) protect you all by stopping this unnecessary mental abuse.let's look at the facts you call it (passion ) murder is murder and you have witnessed his out burst now if something hadn't been done And someone God forbid got killed would you still feel the same are would you be asking yourself why didn't we do something before. And You have turned this into an attack on another. I have followed this story and have more information then anyone concerning this case and I'm informing all of You nothing she has said is untrue .I would be very much like to know why Mrs Hyman is still an employee at the restaurant her behavior. Has been over looked and obviously so has her past.

Fancy17402
Fancy17402

First of all I'm not lonely 2nd you don't know me you have never worked their and yes he did help people out financially but money does not make a good person and I'm sorry I'm the only one that had the courage to do as we had all spoke about (severs) And go to him about the stealing cause we we're all being blamed for it and he lost hid mind my fault NOT.And to sit back and let him and her treat people like he did including your man whom I have the up most respect for he talked to him like he was garbage. Enough was enough now I have never said anything untrue yes when I was told about his arrest the information I was given was off but later clarified and corrected. How is it my fault he killed someone 31years ago.crime of passion are murder still someone died and imagine all the times he pulled out the guns what if it had gone off and had killed you're son's father.you were not there and I'm glad You are your children were not there It was bad and You have you're opinions and that's fine with me but you should not judge me from what you hear from others...

UrADouche
UrADouche

Who gives a flying fuck about his "compassionate" side? He fucking killed someone! its that simple! You'd being singing a different song had he murdered someone in your family! And your are such a fucking hypocrite you claim "slander" what the hell do you think you are doing? You must be an idiot too!

DressUrAge
DressUrAge

Dont u use your place of employment as your personal whore house? ohh and plz quit dressing like a teeny bopper its not cute. I would be embarassed to call you Grandma.

GoFkYourselfs
GoFkYourselfs

Don't you live in a fucking trailer? And it was NEVER said that Taylor Swift herself asked you idiot!

QueenB
QueenB

Your grammar and spelling speak enough about you, to where I can't take you seriously. Please how could YOU possibly have MORE information then anyone??? Unless you are a family member, or police officer you are full of shit right along with Ruth. I bet you believe all the stories she tells about meeting celebrities too huh. I never denied that this is probably a good thing that happened, but there is no need to shame him now that he is gone. All these people quick to put all his dirty laundry out there, but too ashamed to admit all the good things he did for these c*nts. Richard was a good man inside, who made a lot of bad choices, HE HAS TO ATONE FOR, NOBODY ELSE. Everyone quick to point fingers omg they knew, they had to... Even if they did, good luck proving it.

Dirtydeeds
Dirtydeeds

but you had no problem bringing your 2 daughters into that environment huh?

Serving and caring
Serving and caring

name the names! Bring it right now cuz you're messing with the wrong person...BITCH

DO ME A FAVOR: stfu. Oh.....btw.....a whore house? Like seriously? You're a fucking idiot. I love my family, they love me and oh yeah, you don't have a MOTHER. :( bite that and swallow it....I know you don't do shit for your man. We both know who is involved here and I am professional at work. My private life is NOT brought to work with me, nor is it any of your business.

QueenB
QueenB

hahahaha I would split your shit...

QueenB
QueenB

I'm not Char*...............................................................

Fancy17402
Fancy17402

Char this was you written this crap about me Thank You. It was all fun And games until someone decided to retaliate against you and your friends. And then OMG You show up all upset at work like You we're an innocent person.I had no idea that all this shit talking had came from you I was wondering who this person was.If I had not have gone on this to read what You we're so upset about and say something on your behalf I would have never guessed it was You.I thought it was some one that had nothing better to do with their life and I figured that since they couldn't get me upset they would start on you.I gotta say I never except this from you And I'm not even mad I'm very very hurt

Fancy17402
Fancy17402

As matter of fact that shows how much you know about me. My daughter brought me there first of all before Ronald (Richard ) started to work there but thank You for your concern

GetaFKclue
GetaFKclue

LOL! guess again. I will give you a clue I am a guy so of couse I dont do shit for for my "man" cuz I dont have 1, and I no longer work there. Use your pea brain and think hard

Fancy17402
Fancy17402

People please stop this crazy shit. Did We not go through enough already and I understand you are posting stuff to protect me but I don't need this they can't hurt me and they know what I said was truth it's just fear of them losing there job's and they have families. But name calling is not going to solve the problem, we all need to pull. Together and move forward. This has turned into a soap Oprah And as the world turns. We are wasting our time of hurting. Each other. We are all innocent people. And have gone through a lot together. And were all good people,And as far as Ronald is concerned he himself is innocent. Until proven. Guilty in a court of law .

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