Harvey Marcellin was the center of gossip on Saturday in Tompkins Square Park, where acquaintances marveled at the accused killer’s alleged ability to dismember a man in a wheelchair.
“She chopped off someone’s friggin’ head. She actually severed someone’s head,” blurted out Junior, a homeless man at the park who was visited by the serial killer.
Marcelin, 83, is a transgender woman and a double-convicted murderer who was indicted this month horrific mutilation murder of Susan Leyden68, of Brooklyn, who will be buried in Paramus, NJ on Sunday.
“She was in a wheelchair,” said John Gallagher, 30, an acquaintance of the East Village Park killer.
“I don’t even understand how she did that to the last one. she is so fragile Even if she disposed of the body that way, she must have had some kind of help.”
“I imagine disposing of a corpse isn’t that easy, even with power tools. It seems like a lot for an 83-year-old who is still in a wheelchair.”
Allegedly friends of the worried woman from Brooklyn brutally slaughtered von Marcelin are horrified, the suspect was released.
“The person who did this deserved a death penalty or certainly life in prison without parole,” said a lifelong friend of Leyden, whose dismembered body parts were found in several locations in Brooklyn last week.
Marcelin was charged last week with concealing a human body. She has served more than 50 years in state prison for two previous murders.
“It is unspeakable that (Marcelin) was free,” said the friend, who asked not to be named.
According to sources, Marcelin shot and killed her local friend Jacqueline Bonds at the couple’s Manhattan home in April 1963 and fatally stabbed another local friend in 1985 – he stuffed her body in a bag dumped near Central Park. Leyden’s friend says she is unaware of any relationship she may have had with Marcelin.
Leyden’s barbaric death marked the tragic end of a deeply troubled adult life.
Leyden grew up in a “conservative, upper-middle-class Jewish family” in Teaneck, NJ, where she tapped, took ballet, rode horses, and graduated from Teaneck High School in 1972. She was “so cool and so pretty with her long blonde hair and boots,” wrote childhood friend Karen Leyden Gross in a Facebook memorial.
A picture posted by Leyden to the forum shows an attractive young woman with blonde hair and porcelain skin wearing oversized sunglasses and a low-cut bikini top. Another picture shows an elderly Leyden with her daughter Nicole, now 36, at the Rockefeller Center ice rink.
Her life was thrown off balance when, in her twenties, she lost her father and all three siblings in quick succession. Her late mother lived 1,000 miles away in Florida, their 16-year marriage ended in divorce in 1992 and she was long estranged from their only child, the friend told The Post.
“She had no family. She was alone,” said the friend.
She managed to run her own business, Jewels ‘n More, in Fort Lee, NJ for many years before closing the shop and losing touch with most of her old friends.
Leyden was last living at Stonewall House, an LGBT-friendly housing development for the elderly in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where questions remain about her grisly death.
“I dont know what to think. It’s tragic. It’s tragic and sad,” said a resident of the building. “I don’t think (Marcelin) should have been released from prison. If she hadn’t been rehabilitated, she shouldn’t have been out. And she continues to kill like that.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/12/wheelchair-no-handicap-for-nyc-serial-killer-harvey-marcelin/ Disabled wheelchair for New York serial killer Harvey Marcelin