As a former car wholesaler, I have had my fair share of dealings with Bud Billings. He was a jolly fellow who was fun to run into in the car business.
The fact is though, that like most industries, the insiders like to talk about what everyone else is doing and the car business is a buzz with talk about why Bud and his wife may have been killed. Let me tell you about an incident that happened to me on Dec 16, 2007.
It was a cool, clear winter night, late in the evening and I had fallen asleep watching TV with my youngest child. Suddenly, my wife rushed in to to wake me because she heard the garage door open and she believed someone was in the garage.
I grabbed a bottle that was sitting on the counter and went to investigate. As I reached for the door, someone on the other side was already turning the knob. The door cracked and I pulled it all the way open. My wife and I were face to face with an intruder. I will never forget the look of surprise on his face. It was the same look of surprise that was on my face later when I saw him in the news as a primary suspect in the murder of Bud and Melanie Billings, Patrick (Poff) Gonzales.
Obviously caught off guard, Gonzales ran to his blue Ford Explorer. I chased after him as he turned and ran he responded "wrong house!" Gonzales got into his truck which was running and pointed out of the neighborhood with the driver's door open. As he tried to close the door, I grabbed the door handle and struggled with him. I tried to smash his window out with the bottle that I had but only broke my bottle.
I, of course, filed a police report but at the time, no one knew who this clean cut man white man was. The fact is that for two to three minutes I had pleanty of time to look at this guy. I will NEVER forget him and when I saw him featured in the media as a central figure in the Billings case I was stunned.
I met Bud Billings at Pete Moore Chevrolet. As a matter of fact, Laura Hamilton, who you see featured in my YouTube videos worked for Bud Billings when Bud Came over in the early 80's. When she married Rick Hamilton (Pete Moores right hand man) I was the best man in the wedding.