Homicide

Clark woman, 73, found with her throat cut a day before her birthday

Vera was found dead inside her home in Clark. Her throat had been cut with a serrated knife. Photo: Google maps

Vera Pecoraro was found Saturday evening, July 7, 2012,  lying on a sofa in her stately suburban home, her throat cut by a serrated knife that was left nearby, Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said.

Dismemberment in Rutherford

When Jonathan Zarate of Randolph asked the 16-year-old girl next door to come over, it was with the idea that they’d both watch television in the basement. But as his parents slept upstairs, Zarate beat his neighbor, Jennifer Parks, with a…

Cop morphs into murder suspect

Acquaintances described deli owner John Amendola as friendly, outgoing with plenty of personality. But one man who’d known Amendola for nearly 20 years didn’t apparently think so.

Extreme indifference to life…

“He said, ‘No get out of the cab, no get out of the cab; you must pay.’ I told him, I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t have my wallet with me.’ And the guy said, ‘No, no, no. I call…

Guilty in telephone-chat homicide

John Staten of Orange . The Star-Ledger

A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty on May 16, 2012 to aggravated manslaughter and weapons offenses in the beating death of a Maplewood man he met through a telephone chat service.

By pleading guilty, John Staten, of Orange, avoided the murder charge he had faced, and the accompanying potential life sentence if convicted at trial. Under the terms of the agreement, Staten will receive 18 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 19 in Superior Court in Newark, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Staten admitted he beat 27-year-old Arthur Downey III with an iron just hours after they met on March 14, 2010, then covered his head with a plastic bag, prosecutors said. The cause of death was bludgeoning and asphyxiation. A roommate discovered Downey’s body the next morning in their Maplewood home.

Inmate in 1976 rape, murder is denied parole for fifth time

Kim Montelaro of New Milford was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 1976. Photo courtesy of the Montelaro family.

The family of a young woman raped and stabbed to death more than 35 years ago is waging a legal battle to keep her killer in prison.

Christopher Righetti, of River Vale, is serving a life sentence in Northern State Prison, Newark, for the 1976 kidnapping, rape and murder of 20-year-old Kim Montelaro, 20, of New Milford. According to published reports, Montelaro was kidnapped from the Paramus Park Mall and later sexually assaulted and stabbed six times. Her body was dumped in a Washington Township swimming area, according to published reports.

Righetti was 16 at the time of the crime. But he was tried as an adult and convicted.

Jeffrey Johnson shooting at Empire State Building

From The Huffington Post:

NEW YORK — All nine people injured during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were wounded by gunfire from the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.

Let’s party

Investigators: Maplewood man killed father, grandmother, then held a house party By Tucker Cummings For Morbid New Jersey  In a lurid tale straight out of a pulp novel, police investigators say a New Jersey man threw a house party after…

Murder conviction without a corpse

Robert Zarinsky holds the distinction of being the first person convicted of murder in New Jersey without a body. Photo: New Jersey Department of Corrections

Although the body of 17-year-old Rosemary Calandriello of Atlantic Highlands was never found, investigators thought they could do what had never been done before in New Jersey – convict a suspect without a corpse. 

One dead after a wild triple shooting in Newark mom ‘n pop restaurant

Fuquan Mosely, 39, left, was killed in a Newark restaurant this morning. Joseph Chavis, 42, was wounded and in critical condition. Both were shot in the head, according to documents.

NEWARK — Police arrested a 32-year-old Newark man and charged him with a triple shooting that left one man dead and an 81-year-old woman injured inside a mom ‘n’ pop restaurant, police said.

One dead in Paterson bar fight

Augie's Pub on McBridge Avenue in Paterson, where a man was stabbed early Nov. 18, 2012. He later died at a local hospital.

One man was stabbed to death and another arrested following a fight outside a bar on McBride Avenue, police said. Paterson Police arrested a 30-year-old city resident and charged him with the murder.

South Jersey murder defendant lived near where victim’s body was found

The woman’s body was found just inside a wooded area May 26, 2002, near the Westwood Motor Lodge motel in West Deptford Township. Mertz at that time was living at the motel.

UPDATE — Suspect Mertz convicted, faces 30 years.

The man accused of stabbing Jennifer Whipkey to death lived a little more than half a football field away from where her body was found, according to the South Jersey Times. That was among testimony heard Thursday during the fourth day in the trial of Brian M. Mertz, charged with the rape and murder of the 22-year-old from East Greenwich Township.

Stanton Popewiny and the house on the hill

On the morning of Jan. 11, 2008, Stanton Popewiny called police to his grandfather’s home at 38 Woodmere Road in Cedar Grove. The 87-year-old retired psychiatrist, Eugene Hrabarchuck, had fallen in the upstairs bedroom, Popewiny, 24, told the police.

Stephen Baldino: a murder in Lyndhurst

  According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office: On Monday, March 5, 2012, at about 5 p.m., the Lyndhurst Police Department was asked to respond to 103 Page Avenue, Apartment 3 to check on the welfare of the resident. The request…

The lady in the Passaic Valley water tank

Geetha Angara

The victim was Geetha Angara, a well-liked forty-three-year-old hydrochemist. She was the mother of three, the wife of a banker, had a PhD in organic chemistry from New York University, and had worked at the Passaic Valley Water Commission plant for twelve years. In 2004, the plant underwent a $70 million upgrade, during which a chlorine treat- me nt system was replaced by an ozone-based system.