NYC convicted killer, 83, discovered with new sufferer’s leg in wheelchair, head in condominium, cops say


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An 83-year-old transgender lady who spent many years in jail for 2 unrelated killings and is now charged in reference to the invention of a lady’s torso was allegedly captured on surveillance video using on a motorized wheelchair sitting on the sufferer’s severed leg whereas inside a retailer. 

Harvey Marcelin is charged with dismembering 68-year-old Susan Leyden, whose physique – with out her head, legs and arms – was present in a purchasing cart by a passerby on March 3 in Brooklyn, the New York Police Division mentioned. She is charged with second-degree homicide, proof tampering, and concealing a lifeless physique.

“This is a gruesome and barbaric homicide which resulted in a headless torso being disposed of on a New York City corner,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig mentioned throughout a information briefing. “And it takes a serial killer off our streets.”


Harvey Marcelin, 83, was caught in surveillance video sitting on a severed leg while riding on a motorized wheelchair, the New York Police Department said.

Harvey Marcelin, 83, was caught in surveillance video sitting on a severed leg whereas using on a motorized wheelchair, the New York Police Division mentioned.

Authorities mentioned Marcelin and Leyden, who had been dwelling in an LGBTQ shelter for eight months, knew one another for at the very least two years however the nature of their relationship was unclear. 

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On March 1, Marcelin and one other lady went to a House Depot retailer in Manhattan and bought a noticed, trash luggage, and cleansing fluid, Essig mentioned. The opposite lady has cooperated with detectives, he mentioned. 

The subsequent day, Marcelin was seen on surveillance footage leaving the purchasing cart behind on the road, police mentioned. It was found six hours later and a passerby notified the police, who found the dismembered physique inside a trash bag.

Throughout a search of Marcelin’s condominium on March 4, detectives discovered a human head and different physique elements, Essig mentioned. On March 7, a human leg was discovered when Marcelin was seen within the wheelchair a number of blocks from the homicide scene, police mentioned. 

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Video surveillance launched by the NYPD confirmed Marcelin inside a retailer on the wheelchair with a leg on the seat, Essig mentioned.

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“The bottom from the leg, the leg from the knee down, she was sitting on,” he mentioned. 

He added that investigators have been nonetheless attempting to find out a motive for the killing “but based on her history, she’s capable of a lot of evil things out there.”

Marcelin beforehand served greater than 50 years in jail for 2 different slayings. She was on lifetime parole for manslaughter, in line with a New York State database. 

In 1957, she was convicted of felony assault and has a rape conviction from 1963, police mentioned. On April 18, 1963, she allegedly shot and killed a lady in Harlem. She was convicted and served 20 years in jail and was launched in 1984 on lifetime parole. 

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.


In November 1985, Marcelin stabbed a girlfriend to dying in Central Park and positioned the physique in a trash bag and left it on the road, Fox affiliate WNYW-TV reported. She was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and was paroled once more in August 2019. 

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