By Maria Eftimiades
Neighbors knew him because the quiet, unemployed landscaper who tended his mother's attractive backyard. None of them ever suspected that the foul odors coming from his storage was once the stench of demise striking over a blood-soaked wheelbarrow, or that the truck he used to hold clean soil and flower bulbs in turned a hearse as soon as evening fell...
By evening, he reaped a bloody harvest...
Rifkin cruised reduce big apple rigorously settling on his prey of in general younger prostitutes. when they have been within his van, the light man who informed them he simply sought after intercourse become a deranged monster who strangled them with savage strength. His lust for killing happy, he then filled his sufferers' damaged our bodies in barrels, trunks and suitcases, dumping them like trash in distant parts throughout 3 states. the single hint they left have been the pictures, jewellery, and private mementoes their sadistic assassin displayed on his bureau shelf—macabre trophies of his kills.
Until police exposed his...
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Whitlock rolled his eyes. No, he didn’t. He certainly didn’t know Joel Rifkin that well. “Look, that just wasn’t talked about back then,” he said. ” And he did. * * * Youngsters on bicycles roamed around the neighborhood. “Serial killers don’t live in East Meadow,” one was heard to say. ” Robyn Katz thought so too. The fifteen-year-old lived a few blocks away, on Lakeville Lane. On Monday night, not long after the news broke, she was on her way to hang out with friends at Prospect Park. She went the usual way, cutting through Garden Street.
1L35. Ruane tried again. He activated the siren. It fractured the deadly quiet of the late hour. But the driver showed no reaction. The pickup continued at a steady clip. Ruane reached for the loudspeaker portion of the radio. He keyed the mike. His voice resonated along the parkway, tight with anger. “Pull over to the side of the road,” Ruane demanded. Again, no reaction. The troopers glanced at each other, uneasy. This was turning out to be much more than a routine traffic stop. No doubt, the driver of the pickup had something to hide.
Many students laughed at the image of Joel Rifkin left alone by the side of the road. But Alan Whitlock, who knew Joel from the photo club, recalled how he and several of his friends had felt badly for Rifkin. “We couldn’t believe the team had done that to him,” he said. ” Yet despite the abuse, Rifkin tried to befriend his tormentors. He often invited his teammates to his house when his parents were away. Sometimes, they accepted the invitation. “We would go over and have the run of the place,” said Vangasteren.