Torso Found in Shopping Cart tied to Harvey Marcelin, Serial Killer

Harvey Marcelin

Background

According to court documents, in April 1962, Marcelin had been seen by a psychiatrist who found him to be a “schizoid person with poor impulse control and suspicious ideation”. The doctor determined that Marcelin was not psychotic but had a “paranoid reaction personality.”

First Murder

On April 18, 1963, Marcelin shot Jacqueline Bonds in a hallway in an apartment building at 2216 8th Avenue, New York. After being shot, Jacqueline ran inside; Marcelin followed her into a bedroom and shot her twice more.

According to court documents, a few weeks before the murder Jacqueline told Marcelin that she no longer wanted to go out with him. Court documents show Marcelin told Jacqueline in front of her mother, “I’ll get you”.

 

Marcelin was arrested and charged with 1st degree murder. A judge sentenced Marcelin to life in prison, with a minimum of 20 years being served before being eligible for parole. Parole was granted on May 30, 1984.

To see if Marcelin was competent to stand trial, a psychiatrist ran a battery of tests over the course of 6 weeks. Doctors concluded Marcelin did not have psychosis but did have a “schizoid personality with sociopathic features.”

Second Murder

According to court documents, Marcelin stabbed a woman multiple times while in the first year of being released on parole. The body was put into a trash bag and placed in the street. Marcelin was charged with manslaughter and was sentenced to serve 6 to 12 years. Since Marcelin was on parole, his previous sentence was reinstated. Marcelin had to serve life in prison, but was still eligible for parole.

According to court documents, Marcelin had requested parole every two years between 1997 and 2019. The parole board granted the request on August 8, 2019. During the parole hearing, Marcelin told the board that had problems with woman. 

According to court documents, Marcelin had requested parole every two years between 1997 and 2019. The parole board granted the request on August 8, 2019. During the parole hearing, Marcelin told the board that had problems with woman. 

Third Murder

On March 3, 2022, a man called 911 after finding a human torso in a shopping cart.

The man discovered the torso on the corner of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. The man who called 911 stated he had walked past the cart around 12:30am; when he walked back, the cart was still there, so he decided to check what was in it. He put his hand in the bag and felt toilet paper. Upon opening the bag fully, the man discovered the torso of a woman.

According to police, the torso did not have any identifiable marks, not did it have any shooting or stab wounds. Police searched nearby areas and found legs a few days later.

Police have ifentified the individual who left the bags to be Harvey Marcdelin, who has killed two woman in the past.

The victim has been identified as Susan Leyden, who lived in New Jersey and had been friends with Marcelin.

Police searched through surveillance tapes looking for a person who may have dumped the trash bags and was able to identify Marcelin.

Susan Leyden

Police also found footage from Marcelin’s house. Susan was last seen entering Marcelin’s apartment on February 27, 2022. The surveillance footage showed Susan entering the building carrying a “multi-colored bag with a flower decal”. Three days later, the footage showed Marcelin leaving with the same bag without Susan. 

Police got a search warrant and found Susan’s head in the apartment. They also found electric saws in the apartment.

Where the shopping cart was found Source:ABC7

Charges

Marcelin, who now identifies as a woman, has been charged with Concealment of a Human Corpse. More charges may be added as the investigation continues.

One Comment

  • WTF

    They literally let any man become a woman…..shows what little respect is placed on true womanhood. That vile creature is not and will never be a woman.

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