On May 19, 1992, Amy Fisher shot the wife of her lover, Joey Buttafuoco at the couple’s home. Amy became known as the “Long Island Lolita” and went on to have a varied career that included a few stints in the porn business.
On May 18, 1871, John Rulloff was taken to the gallows. It was the last public hanging in the state of New York. John was a very intelligent and learned man, but was also a cold-blooded killer who murdered his wife and daughter when they became an inconvenience. .
When Joshua Rubin disappeared on Halloween in 2011, the Brooklyn café owner’s friends and family mounted a frantic effort to find him, and the media joined in. Worried that he was lost and needed his medication, these concerned parties revealed his private medical information; open rumors about his financial problems and alleged involvement with drugs soon followed.
On November 9, 1979, the body of a teenage girl was discovered by a motorist in Caledonia, New York. She was believed to have died the day prior, of brain hemorrhage resulting from a gunshot to the head.
FBI and police in Fulton, New York, solved a cold case hit-and-run murder because of a Facebook post. The post led to a tip that helped them identify the driver of a hit and run that killed Carolee Saide Ashby, 4, on Halloween night 45 years ago.
On June 11, 1964, the defense and prosecution summed up the case of William Moseley in the murder of Kitty Genovese, trying to get the 11-man, one-woman jury to accept Moseley’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Moseley had repeatedly attacked Genovese, even as she cried out for help to her neighbors, as if he knew they would never respond.
On the morning of April 8, 2003, Jamelske, who had taken to abducting women off the street, drugging them, and keeping them as sex slaves in his dungeon until he tired of them, was captured by police, who were tipped off by his latest "slave".
On March 12, 2013, NYPD Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, was convicted by a jury of his peers on charges of conspiring to kidnap, kill, cook and eat women, and not necessarily in that order. During the trial his lawyer argued that Valle’s cannibalism fetish was an online fantasy, and no more.
A jury in 1994 found Rifkin guilty of killing nine women, though he is suspected in as many as 17 murders. During the trial, Rifkin’s lawyer described him as, “a paranoid schizophrenic who lived in the twilight zone, overwhelmed by violent, irresistible compulsions that took control of his life.” The jury disagreed, instead finding him responsible for his actions. He is serving a 203-year sentence for his crimes.
In a stunning case of possible animal abuse in New York, it seems that a garbage bag full of pit-bull mix puppies was set on fire and abandoned after midnight on March 2, 2013.