New Jersey toddler drowns in a septic tank

By Tucker Cummings
For Morbid
New Jersey

Tragedy struck a family in Lakewood after a toddler fell into a septic tank and drowned.

Marina Matias contacted authorities around 5 pm on March 12 to report that her 2-year old child, identified to the press only as J.C., had gone missing. Just hours after placing the call, the child was found dead in the tank.

Luther Vandross

When Luther Vandross died in 2005, he was buried in George Washington Cemetery in Paramus. Later, his mom had him moved a short distance to a mausoleum. He’s interred beneath Marvin Isley of the Isley Brothers. Photos by Anthony G. Attrino/Morbid New Jersey.

Luther Vandross was born in New York City, the fourth child of Mary Ida Van Dross and Luther Van Dross Sr. He grew up in a musical family, learning to play the piano at age 3.

When Vandross was 8, his father died of diabetes.

Luther attended college for about a year, but dropped out to focus on his music. He founded the first-ever Patti LaBelle fan club, worked for Roberta Flack in 1972 and sang on Delores Hall’s Hall-Mark album in 1973.

Stephen Baldino: a murder in Lyndhurst

Stephen Baldino, 49, is being held on $2 million bail in the stabbing death of his neighbor.

 

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 was made by a neighbor who became concerned after the resident of Apartment 3 had not been seen that day and was not answering knocks on her door. Police found the door locked but were let in by the landlord. Once inside, police discovered the lifeless and bloody body of Lydja Mitchell, 59, who appeared to have suffered several stab wounds.

Davy Jones dies

Davy Jones poses with fans during an autograph signing at the Chiller Theatre convention in the Hilton Parsippany in October 2009. Jones died of a heart attack at age 66 on Feb. 29, 2012. He was standoffish during this event (Note the sour puss).

 

‘Whitney is dead’

Newark-born music icon Whitney Houston is dead at age 48. The singer-actress, who grew up in East Orange, was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.

Whitney Houston was found dead Feb. 11, 2012 in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel a night before the Grammy Awards. An autopsy was performed but a cause of death has not been released to the public.

Houston grew up in East Orange, singing in the church choir at New Hope Baptist Church, Newark. After a Baptist funeral televised worldwide on Saturday, Feb. 18, Houston was laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

After the funeral, The National Enquirer published this photo of Whitney.
 Fairview Cemetery is noted for its sprawling hills and lush greenery. It is also closed to the public as of this writing.

When Morbid New Jersey tried to drive through the front gate on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, we were turned away by two polite police officers whose patrol cars were parked out front. The officers were OK with picture taking outside the gates, however.

Here’s what we shot:

Fairview Cemetery in Westfield is noted for its sprawling hills and lush greenery. Photo: Anthony G. Attrino/Morbid New Jersey

Police block the entrance to Fairview Cemetery on Feb. 22, 2012. Photo: Anthony G. Attrino/Morbid New Jersey

Photo: Anthony G. Attrino/Morbid New Jersey

Photo: Anthony G. Attrino/ Morbid New Jersey

Photo: Anthony G. Attrino/Morbid New Jersey

Here’s video of the funeral procession:

BONUS: Video shows hearse carrying Houston’s body arriving at a Newark funeral home late on Feb. 13, 2012:

Dead Poets Society

So much depends
upon
a red wheel
barrow
glazed with rain
water
beside the white
chickens 
— William Carlos Williams,
“The Red Wheelbarrow”

Poet and physician William Carlos Williams, who some say redefined American poetry, lived and died in Rutherford.

Throughout his life, William Carlos Williams divided his time two ways — the first was his day job, working as a family doctor. The second, which some historians have claimed he worked harder at, was at being a poet; the creator of modernism and imagism.

Death of zombie with ties to New Jersey (+ video)

Bill Hinzman, in his famous role of cemetery zombie in George A. Romero’s 1968 cult classic, “Night of the Living Dead.”

In Bill Hinzman’s first movie role, he played a zombie who attacked a young couple in a cemetery. The year was 1968, and the movie, “Night of the Living Dead” became a cult classic that would make Hinzman famous among horror movie fans.

Dead inside


For more than a year, bundles of mail piled up outside 99 Black Oak Ridge Road in Wayne. Over the months — from about December 2010 to January 2012 — the house and property had fallen into serious disrepair.