Harvey Marcelin Wiki – Biography
Harvey Marcelin, a transsexual on lifetime parole for killing two women – one in 1963 and another reportedly shortly after she got out of prison in 1984 – has been charged in connection with the killing of a 68-year-old woman whose body was found dismembered in a Brooklyn neighbourhood, law enforcement sources tell DailyMail.com.
Marcelin, a transgender woman, was arrested late last week on a charge of concealing a body and could soon face upgraded charges after she was allegedly caught on surveillance cameras dumping a body near her Cypress Hills apartment.
Marcelin is 83 years old.
The murder of Leyden is the third killing Marcelin has been connected to.
On April 18, 1963, Marcelin was arrested for shooting her then-girlfriend Jacqueline Bonds three times inside their Manhattan apartment, the New York Post reported.
According to state prison records, Marcelin was sentenced to 20 years to life and was paroled in 1984. She fatally stabs another girlfriend, stuffing her body into a bag and dumping it on the streets near Central Park.
Marcelin was arrested in 1986 and convicted of manslaughter. She was released from the Cayuga Correctional Facility in upstate New York in 2019.
Before her release, Marcelin had admitted that she had a problem with women during a parole hearing,’ the Post reported.
Marcelin is currently in custody and being held without bail at Riker’s Island.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said the case is still under investigation.
The incident comes as the city continues to see a drastic spike in violent crime compared to last year.
Although murders are nearly the same, with 67 committed this year compared to the 66 from last year, assaults are up by more than 19 per cent, increasing from 3,210 to 3,824.
The number of shooting victims has gone up from 181 cases to 215, more than 18 per cent compared to the same time last year, and rapes have shot up by more than 31 per cent, with 293 points reported so far.
Robberies saw the most significant spike this year, going up by nearly 45 per cent compared to the same time in 2021. Overall, crimes have gone up by more than 47 per cent.
Sources identified the victim as Susan Leyden, formerly Teaneck, New Jersey, and said Marcelin knew her.
Sources said that Leyden’s headless torso was stuffed into a garbage bag and dumped in a shopping cart in Brooklyn. Last Thursday, a passerby made the gruesome discovery on Pennsylvania and Atlantic avenues in the borough around 1:45 a.m. when he peeked inside the garbage bag.
Police said the female corpse was found inside the bag without a head or limbs and did not appear to be decomposed.
A search warrant into Marcelin’s home turned up a ‘human head,’ along with electric saws Marcelin bought at a nearby Home Depot.
On Monday, a severed leg, which had been cut from the knee down and was still wearing a sock, was poking out of a discarded tire four blocks away. It is believed to belong to the same woman as the torso.
By scouring surveillance footage, police could track down a woman seen dumping the trash bags; a source told the New York Daily News.
Leyden was last seen alive on February 27 as she entered Marceline’s apartment carrying a ‘multi-coloured bag with a flower decal,’ according to prosecutors. Marcelin was spotted leaving the building with the same bag three days later.