Authorities say the murder could have been the work of a serial killer, leaving body parts throughout the area, and they also found electric saws in the suspect’s apartment in eastern New York.
Harvey Marceline, 83, who has twice served time in prison for killing two different girlfriends, is accused of second-degree murder and concealing a human corpse.
Marceline was arrested on March 4 the next day the torso was foundand has since been held without bail on Rickers Island.
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A torso without limbs was found on Pennsylvania and Atlantic Avenues in a multicolored bag in an abandoned basket.
Then, on Monday, on nearby Jamaican Avenue, it was believed that the same female leg was found in some rubbish.
The 68-year-old victim was spotted on video footage taken by operatives entering Marcellin’s apartment near the Feb. 27 crime scene.
Marceline, who is a transsexual and identifies herself as a woman, was spotted three days later leaving the apartment with a bag that allegedly contained parts of her body.
Marceline has spent more than 50 years in prison and was released from state prison in August 2019 and is on parole.
On April 18, 1963, Marceline fatally shot his girlfriend in Manhattan and was later convicted of murder, released on parole in May 1984.
Then, on November 2, 1985, Marceline fatally stabbed another girlfriend, also in Manhattan.
Her body was found in a bag near Central Park, and Marceline was found guilty of manslaughter and later released on parole in August 2019.
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The first officer at the scene of this murder in 1985 was Robert Boyce, who later became chief of NYPD detectives and is now an employee of ABC News.
“He dismembered the body and exposed it to a street near his residence,” Boyce said. “I don’t care how old he is when it was a sympathetic release because of his age. He’s still dangerous.”
Police are believed to be investigating whether there could have been more potential victims after their release.
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