Human head found in suspect’s home from shopping cart torso in Brooklyn, police say

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Brooklyn, New York (WABC) – Police have arrested one person in the death of a woman whose torso was found in a shopping cart in Brooklyn last week.

Harvey Marcelin, 83, is accused of receiving a human corpse.

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Marcelin, of 50 Pennsylvania Avenue in Brooklyn, was arrested on March 4, the day after the torso was found, and has been held without bail since at Rikers Island.

Marcelin has a hearing scheduled for Thursday but is not expected to attend.

The criminal complaint said a human head was found in Marcelin’s apartment after detectives executed a search warrant. They also recovered electric saws purchased from Home Depot.

The 68-year-old victim was seen on surveillance video taken by detectives entering Marcelin’s Brooklyn apartment near the crime scenes on February 27.

Marcelin was seen leaving the apartment three days later with parts of her body apparently in the bag.

The woman’s body parts were discovered early March 3 in eastern New York.

Marcelin was released from state prison in August 2019 and is on parole for life.

Marcelin has two prior convictions in the deaths of ex-girlfriends.

On April 18, 1963, Marcelin shot and killed a girlfriend in Manhattan. They were convicted of murder, released on parole for life in May 1984.

Then again on November 2, 1985, Marcelin fatally stabbed another girlfriend, also in Manhattan. His body was found in a bag near Central Park. They were convicted of manslaughter and then released on life parole in August 2019.

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Peggy P. Gilmore