The tragic account of Gladys Ricart’s assassination only days before her wedding has made a long-lasting impression on those who knew and cared about her, as well as on the community as a whole.
Gladys, a young and lively woman, was about to go for the wedding of her dreams and walk down the aisle to wed James Preston Jr. when she was brutally murdered in her own living room. James Preston Jr. was the one who carried out the crime.
Not only does the documentary “Primal Instinct: Red Wedding” depict the gruesome events that occurred on that day, but it also describes the police’s persistent efforts to bring the murderer to justice.
The story of Gladys and her horrible death is recounted in the documentary “Primal Instinct: Red Wedding,” which can be found on Investigation Discovery.
It serves as a powerful reminder of the disastrous ramifications of violence and the imperative of holding those involved accountable for their actions of violence.
Gladys Ricart Murder
The murder of Gladys Ricart on the day of her wedding by her ex-boyfriend Agustin Garcia is featured on the episode of Primal Instinct that will air on Investigation Discovery tonight.
At four o’clock in the afternoon on September 26, 1999, Garcia entered Ricart’s house in Ridgefield, New Jersey, as she was posing for the last set of wedding photos before heading to the church in Flushing, Queens, to marry the man who had been the love of her life, James Preston Jr. Garcia was a close friend of Ricart’s husband, who was also a photographer.
When the 47-year-old man, who was dressed in a suit at the time, entered the living room area and came face to face with Ricart, his relatives immediately understood that he had different intentions.
Garcia took a Smith & Wesson revolver chambered in 38 calibers out of his briefcase and shot Ricart three times, causing her to die in the presence of her family and friends.
On the spot, Garcia was taken into custody. Throughout the course of the trial, the court was shown a video that was ten minutes long and depicted the shooting.
The defense attorney for Garcia stated that his client accidentally killed Ricart in an act of jealous rage after learning, months after the couple had broken up, that she was getting married to another man.
After seven years of being in an abusive relationship with him, Ricart finally decided to end the relationship after she caught him cheating on her.
Relatives of the victim stated that Garcia did not react well to being rejected and started hanging around with Ricart as a result.
He brandished a firearm in her face and made the threat that she would never be with anyone else if she did not continue to be with him.
Garcia was convicted guilty of first-degree murder in a trial that took place in 2002 in the Bergen County Courthouse.
He was anticipating being found guilty of manslaughter in the case. His sentence was to spend the rest of his life in prison, although he would be eligible for parole after 30 years.
When Ricart found out that his fiancée was being married, he immediately filed an appeal, claiming that the shock caused him to become temporarily insane. But, his request to appeal was not granted.