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An individual who served about 50 years in prison for two prior violent crimes is reportedly a suspect in connection with a grisly incident in which a dismembered body was found wrapped in a garbage bag and stuffed in a shopping cart on a Brooklyn, New York, street.
A passerby noticed the bag’s horrific contents and called 911.
Cops subsequently executed a search warrant on the 83-year-old suspect’s home, which is reportedly less than a block from the abandoned shopping cart, and allegedly found a human head at the residence as well as electric saws purchased at Home Depot.
“Harvey Marcelin, who identifies as a transgender woman, was charged last week with concealment of a human corpse after she was allegedly caught on surveillance video dumping human remains near her apartment, according to sources and court records,” the New York Post reported on Wednesday.
Marcelin may face further charges as the investigation continues, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
The victim, identified by multiple media outlets as Susan Layden, 68, was reportedly seen on surveillance video entering Marcelin’s apartment on February 27, but was never seen on camera leaving the flat, authorities contend. Marcelin allegedly was recorded leaving the apartment three days later wheeling a multi-colored bag that Layden had arrived with.
A few days after the initial street-corner discovery, cops allegedly found Layden’s leg in the same neighborhood. An autopsy by the medical examiner is pending.
“The twice-convicted killer could now face fresh murder charges in Layden’s death, authorities said — adding to her already disturbing criminal history,” the Post asserted.
Marcelin was reportedly sentenced to 20-years-to life in the shooting death of a girlfriend in April 1963 at their Manhattan apartment. Marcelin was reportedly released on lifetime parole in May 1984.
“The killer was free for less than a year when she was busted again for fatally stabbing another live-in girlfriend — stuffing her body into a bag she’d dumped on the street near Central Park, sources and court records said. She was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in that case in 1986 and sentenced to a 6-to-12-year term in prison,” the Post added.
Marcelin was released from a state correctional facility in late 2019.
At one parole hearing, the suspect allegedly admitted to having “a problem with women.”
The suspect is now in custody with bail at the Rikers Island jail and is due back in court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
Eric Adams, a Democrat, was elected as New York City’s mayor, in part, because of his vow to restore law and order in the crime-ridden city, although sadly not much has changed so far under his administration.
All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.
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