Case worker says NYC shelter fired her for warning about transgender serial killer Marceline Harvey

A former clerk at a Manhattan retirement home claims she was fired for warning that twice-convicted transgender killer Marceline Harvey had threatened her at the facility — even after the suspected serial killer was charged with the gruesome murder of a former resident was.

Monica Archer, who worked at the George Daly House — a short-term living alternative for seniors in Alphabet City — claimed in a 16-page lawsuit filed Monday that Harvey, 83, was allowed to live at the facility despite the warnings.

The nonprofit’s bosses then opted to move Harvey to her own apartment – and a week later she was charged with her friend’s murder and dismemberment, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court complaint.

“To the detriment of the public, when Ms Harvey was socialized in her own home, no more than a week later, Ms Harvey is alleged to have murdered a former resident, clearly contrary to the best interests of public safety,” the filing reads.

Archer started at the shelter in September 2019 and said everything was fine until she started talking about how Harvey “often acted erratically and dangerously,” the lawsuit states.

Monica Archer,
Monica Archer, who worked at the George Daly House, warned the facility about the 83-year-old serial killer.
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Transgender serial killer Marceline Harvey.
Marceline Harvey served 50 years in prison for killing two women.

The 80-year-old ex-convict “constantly threatened to kill Archer and other employees” — and allegedly kept a gun at the shelter, according to the lawsuit.

Archer knew Harvey was living at the facility on life probation, having served 50 years in prison for killing and dismembering two other victims.

Yet bosses continued to allow Harvey to live there “knowing that she had been charged and convicted of multiple murders, allegedly possessed a gun and regularly threatened to kill employees.”

Archer felt so threatened that she took alternative routes to get home from work after saying Harvey had tried to follow her a number of times, the lawsuit says.

“[Archer] had no choice but to continue working with Ms Harvey despite serious safety concerns and fears for her well-being,” the suit read. “[Archer] complained that she reasonably believed that the presence of Ms. Harvey in the metal detector home posed a significant and specific threat to public health and safety.”

Susan Leyden's body was scattered at various locations in Brooklyn.
Police said the body parts of 68-year-old murder victim Susan Leyden were found at various locations in Brooklyn, with Marceline Harvey charged in her death.
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She suggested to a supervisor that Harvey belonged in more “supportive” housing — say, for people with substance abuse or mental health issues — which she felt would be “an appropriate environment for the serial killer who has issues I can’t address.”

But her pleas fell on dead ears, and the shelter then fired “Ms. Harvey entered society to live alone, contrary to what Defendant’s and Plaintiff’s program recommended and in violation of his own rules,” the lawsuit reads, noting, “This posed a major public safety hazard.” “.

Still concerned about safety conditions, Archer continued to sound the alarm and filed a complaint against the facility with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the lawsuit states.

According to the lawsuit, her bosses then allegedly resisted her by, among other things, putting her in the caretaker service and refusing to let her work remotely.

When Archer learned in March that Harvey was charged with murdering 68-year-old Susan Leyden — parts of whose body were found in various locations in Brooklyn — it “came as no surprise,” the lawsuit said.

Marceline Harvey, 83.
Marceline Harvey, 83, a man who identifies as a woman, has been charged with murder in the gruesome killing of Susan Leyden, 68.
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Two months later, Archer claims she was fired for even sounding the alarm, according to her lawsuit. She was suspended without pay on May 24 and fired a week later for disobedience “although they had no documentation or documentation.”

“MS Archer has been placed at work in a position that no employee should be faced with,” her attorney, Jeffrey Risman, told The Post on Monday.

Officials at the shelter declined to comment Monday. The facility’s parent company, the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, did not immediately respond with a request for comment.

Marceline Harvey, 83.
Marceline Harvey, 83, is charged with the murder of Susan Leyden, 68.

According to records verified by The Post, the foundation has received at least $95 million in city funding for support services, including transportation costs, since 2009 and at least $5 million from the state since 2008.

The city and state are not named as parties in the employment lawsuit, which seeks back payments, unpaid wages and unspecified financial damages.

“Everyone should feel safe at work, and employers should respond effectively to safety concerns,” said Risman, Acher’s attorney. “Instead, she has faced countless obstacles and, in the face of adversity, shown tremendous courage in her decision to stand up and do what is right and fight for what is just.”

Harvey, a man who identifies as a woman, has pleaded innocent in Leyden’s murder. He was charged under the name Harvey Marceline.

Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks Case worker says NYC shelter fired her for warning about transgender serial killer Marceline Harvey


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