Harvey Marcelin: Transgender serial killer, 83, suspected of dismembering body found in Brooklyn
A serial killer who spent most of her life in prison for taking the lives of two ex-girlfriends is now being investigated once again in connection with the murder of another woman whose dismembered body surfaced in Brooklyn last week.
83-year-old Harvey Marcelin, who identifies as a transgender woman, was charged with concealment of a human corpse last week after she was seen in surveillance footage discarding human remains near her apartment, sources and court records alleged. According to a criminal complaint obtained by the New York Post, a search warrant executed at Marcelin's home in Cypress Hills reportedly turned up "a human head." Law enforcement sources told the newspaper that investigators also recovered electric saws she purchased at a Home Depot nearby.
Sources with knowledge of the case revealed how the disturbing discovery was made last week when the detectives found a torso belonging to 86-year-old Susan Layden in an abandoned shopping cart at the corner of Pennsylvania and Atlantic avenues, which is reportedly less than a block away from Marcelin's apartment. Sources close to the investigation said Layden’s leg was discovered a few blocks north a couple of days later, adding that her arm is still missing. Marcelin could now face fresh murder charges in Layden's death.
Who is Harvey Marcelin?
The octogenarian already has a chilling criminal record, having spent more than 50 years in state prison on murder and manslaughter convictions dating back to 1963. Her rap sheet began with the April 18, 1963 shooting death of her live-in girlfriend, Jacqueline Bonds, at their Manhattan apartment. Sources revealed how Marcelin snapped when Bond said she was leaving her and proceeded to shoot her three times. The killer was sentenced to 20 years to life the same year, but state prison records show she was released on lifetime parole in May 1984.
Marcelin was free for less than a year before she was apprehended again for fatally stabbing another live-in girlfriend. Sources and court records obtained by The Post said she stuffed the victim's body into a bag she'd dumped on a street near Central Park. However, she was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in that case in 1986 and sentenced to just 6-to-12 years behind bars. According to sources, Marcelin was denied parole several times, and once admitted in court she had "a problem with women." Records show she was released from the Cayuga Correctional Facility upstate in late 2019.
Marcelin's latest alleged victim Layden was reportedly caught on surveillance cameras entering their Pennsylvania Avenue apartment on February 27, wheeling in “a multi-colored bag with a flower decal” on it, per the criminal complaint. Prosecutors said that was the last time she was seen alive. Surveillance footage captured Marcelin wheeling the same bag out of her building three days later. The court document noted how “a human torso was discovered inside the bag" the next day. “Upon review of the video surveillance, the original female Jane Doe never exits the residence," it added.
Marcelin is currently remanded in custody without bail at Riker’s Island. And while she is slated to appear in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday, March 10, officials said she's not expected to make a physical appearance in court. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office told The Post that the case is still being investigated.