Entries in Dismembered (3)


Police: Some Long Island Serial Killer Victims May Have Been Dismembered

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The serial killer who dumped his victim's bodies in the thick brush along several miles of New York's beachfront may have dismembered several of them, law enforcement authorities have told ABC News.

The grisly twist was the latest revelation as police continued to uncover a murderous path carved along Long Island beaches by at least one killer.

Investigators have determined that bones found Monday were human, bringing the body count to nine and possibly 10 victims.  It's still not clear whether a skull found alone Monday was part of victim number nine or would be victim number 10.

The bodies were discovered along a 3.5-mile stretch of beach with five of the bodies spaced out about 500 feet apart, police said.

The possibility that some of the skeletal remains were dismembered came as police were considering clear-cutting the thick brush that has made seaching the area difficult.  Police fear that when the brush starts blooming in the coming weeks the search would become even more difficult.  Police divers are also preparing to dive in order to search bay waters for more bodies.

Searchers have used cadaver dogs, horses and fire truck aerial ladders to scour the thick beachfront vegetation for victims.  Faced with slashing rains and swampy ground, a helicopter was used for Tuesday's dragnet.

While at least several of the victims appear to have been killed and dumped by a serial killer, authorities had not yet ruled out the possibility that more than one killer was responsible for the human remains, which included those of a child.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Teen Allegedly Dismembered Mother, Stored Body in Freezer

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles mom who was dismembered and her body parts found in her own freezer was afraid of the teenage son who has been charged with murder, according to neighbors. Moises Meraz-Espinoza, 18, allegedly stored his mother's chopped-up body parts in the family freezer for a week before walking into a Huntington Park police station and turning himself in on Friday.

Epifanio Hernandez, the apartment's landlord, told ABC News that he spoke with the teen hours before he went to police to confess the chilling murder. For days Meraz-Espinoza shooed away nosey neighbors, including the landlord who wanted to enter the apartment to install a new sink.

After police investigated and removed the refrigerator and freezer as part of the investigation, Hernandez entered the apartment.

"There was blood still in the shower and on the floor. A lot of blood," he said.

Hernandez said the teen and his mother "had problems."

"She was afraid of him," the landlord said. "The neighbors said they would fight. They had problems because he would go out at night. People were worried something might happen."

Authorities have yet to identify the body, said Lt. Cheryl McWillie of the L.A. County Corner's Office, and would not comment until they had done so. But Lt. Brian Elia of the Coroner's Department told Britain's Daily Mail, "The body does appear to have been dismembered to some extent."

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff said Meraz-Espinoza had been arrested for "murder in connection with the death of an individual discovered in the freezer of a Maywood apartment Friday."

Meraz-Espinoza has yet to be arraigned and is being held without bail, police said. He does not have a lawyer at this time.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Court Docs: Zahra Baker Was Dismembered, Stepmom Said

Photo Courtesy - CatawbaCountyNC dot gov(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Ten-year-old North Carolina girl Zahra Baker was dismembered after her death and her remains were scattered in several locations, the girl's stepmother told investigators, according to court documents filed Monday.

Lawyers for Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, filed the documents as part of a bond reduction request as evidence Baker had been aiding the search for the disabled girl's remains, according to ABC affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C. The attorneys also claim Baker led searchers to Zahra's prosthetic leg. Elisa Baker is in jail, being held on charges she allegedly wrote a fake ransom note after Zahra disappeared.

The leg, a bone fragment and the girl's remains were discovered in different locations.

In jailhouse letters, Elisa Baker said her husband, Adam, did something "horrifying" to Zahra after she was dead. Adam Baker's attorney told ABC News Monday those claims were nothing more than a "desperate" attempt at distraction.

Two weeks before police announced they had discovered Zahra Baker's remains, Elisa Baker indicated in a jailhouse letter that the child was dead, but expressed no remorse or guilt -- only self-pity and vague accusations against her husband.

"I was trying to save us both, but why should I? He is letting everyone destroy me," Elisa Baker wrote, referring to Adam Baker.

In an earlier letter Baker wrote, "We really didn't kill her, but what he [Adam Baker] did after the fact is kinda horrifying."

In the latest letter, obtained exclusively by ABC News, Baker said she "ain't the monster people are saying."

She also said she was frustrated by her lawyer's refusal to allow her to do TV interview requests. "I want a chance to be heard damn it. This is my life and everyone is playing with and I have no control over what is said or done," she wrote.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio