NEW YORK – New York City police said the man, previously convicted of both murder and manslaughter, was arrested the day after the torso was found in Brooklyn.
The torso, missing a head, legs and arms, was found in Brooklyn on March 3, stuffed into a plastic shopping bag and then put into a shopping cart, as we previously reported.
Harvey Marcelin, 83, was arrested March 4 and charged with the concealment of a human corpse, WABC reported.
Investigators said the torso belonged to a 68-year-old woman living in an LGBTQ+ shelter in Brooklyn, WNBC reported.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, police saw the victim on surveillance video going into Marcelin’s home on Feb. 27, but then was never seen on video leaving, WPIX reported. Surveillance video also showed Marcelin leaving his home with the bag the victim had carried in and leaving it on a nearby corner.
Police said when they carried out a search warrant at Marcelin’s home they found a human head, as well as electric saws, WABC reported.
Marcelin has spent more than 50 years behind bars for two prior convictions, one for murder for which he was in prison from 1963-1964, and the other for manslaughter in 1986, WPIX reported. Marcelin was released on parole in 2019. Both of those cases involved the deaths of ex-girlfriends, according to WABC.
On Monday, a human leg was found in a tire just a few blocks away from where the torso was found, as we previously reported. Police have not connected the two cases at this time.