(1940? – November 28, 2008) was a convicted murderer and suspected
serial killer from Linden, New Jersey. He was sentenced to life
imprisonment for the 1969 murder of Rosemary Calandriello of Atlantic
Highlands, New Jersey.
On March 11, 2008, he was indicted for the 1968
murder of Jane Durrua of Keansburg. He was acquitted in 2001 of the 1958
murder of Rahway, New Jersey police officer Charles Bernoskie. He was
also a suspect in the murders of Linda Balabano ,Ann Logan of Elizabeth,
Doreen Carlucci and Joanne Delardo of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey.
Rosemary Calandriello was a 17-year-old
girl from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, who
disappeared on October 25, 1969. Her body was never
recovered. Zarinsky was convicted in 1975 of her murder.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 1988, Zarinsky admitted that he
had accidentally killed her and buried her body in a
grave in northwest New Jersey. He also stated to another
investigator that he had thrown her body into the
Atlantic Ocean. Zarinsky was the first person in New
Jersey ever to be convicted of murder without a body
In 2001, Zarinsky was tried and
acquitted of the November 28, 1958 murder of Rahway
police officer Charles Bernoskie. Bernoskie stumbled
upon a burglary in progress at Miller Pontiac in Rahway.
He was shot and killed by one of the perpetrators of the
crime, either Zarinsky or Theodore Schiffer. Bernoskie
shot both suspects who both were able to elude capture.
No one was charged with the crime until 1999.
Theodore Schiffer left a fingerprint
at the scene of the crime, but it was not until 1999
that the fingerprint was able to be matched to Schiffer.
He had never been fingerprinted and therefore there was
no record of his fingerprints.
Schiffer was implicated in the murder
by Zarinsky’s sister Judith Sapsa, who herself was under
investigation for embezzling money from a mutual fund
account owned by Robert Zarinsky. Theodore Schiffer
testified against Zarinsky, pleaded guilty and served
three years in Pennsylvania for the crime.
Zarinsky contacted the authorities
when his yearly statement of his mutual fund account
that he had inherited from his mother did not arrive at
his prison address. He discovered that his sister and
her husband Peter Sapsa had nearly emptied the account
by embezzling $121,500 from it.
Judith Sapsa would later testify at
the Bernoskie murder trial that she assisted her mother
with removing bullets from Zarinsky and Schiffer on the
night of the Bernoskie murder. Sapsa also testified that
Zarinsky stated to her that “Teddy and I shot a cop."
Despite the testimony of Schiffer and Sapsa, Zarinsky
was acquitted of the Bernoskie murder.
The same month that Robert Zarinsky
was indicted for the murder, Bette Bernoskie, the widow
of Charles Bernoskie, filed a wrongful death suit
against Zarinsky in civil court. In August 2003, a jury
found Zarinsky responsible for the death and awarded
Bette Bernoskie $9,500,000 plus interest. In 2004,
$154,000 was seized from Zarinsky’s assets and Bette
Bernoskie divided her award among her six children.
In July 2007, a New Jersey Appellate
Court reversed the decision and ordered the money
returned to Zarinsky, citing his inability to put on a
proper defense. Bette Bernoskie no longer had the money
and the NJ PBA has organized efforts to repay the money.
It is their intention that neither Bette Bernoskie or
her children will ever give back the award money.
On March 11, 2008, the grand jury
sitting in Freehold, New Jersey, returned an indictment
against Zarinsky for the 1968 murder of 13-year-old Jane
Durrua. Durrua disappeared on the evening of November 4,
1968 and body was found the next morning in a field in
North Middletown, New Jersey.
On November 28, 2008, Zarinsky died at
the South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, New Jersey of pulmonary
fibrosis, a scarring of the lung tissue that made it increasingly
difficult for him to breathe.
Suspected serial killer Robert
Zarinsky dead at 68
By John Appezzato - NJ.com
November 29, 2008
Robert Zarinsky, a suspected serial killer who spent
the last three decades in prison for the murder of an Atlantic Highlands
girl, died Friday at the South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton. He was
Zarinsky died at 8:25 p.m. in the hospice unit at the
South Jersey prison, said Matt Schuman, a spokesman for the state
Department of Corrections. An exact cause of death was not given, but
Zarinsky had suffered from "major respiratory issues" before his death,
Zarinsky's death came as he was nearing trial for the
1968 murder of 13-year-old Jane Durrua of Keansburg.
He had been in prison since his 1975 conviction for
killing Rosemary Calandriello of Atlantic Highlands. The timid 17-year-old
disappeared Aug. 25, 1969, on her way to the corner store for a carton
of milk. She was last seen alive in Zarinsky's Ford convertible, but her
body has never been found.
Zarinsky was the first person in New Jersey to be
convicted of murder without a body for evidence. He was sentenced to
life in prison and was entitled to an annual parole review. He
consistently denied committing the murder, and only in recent years, in
his bid for early parole, admitted killing Calandriello. Then, he
claimed, she died when he accidentally backed over her with his car.
In 2007, Zarinsky was transferred from the maximum
security New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, to the extended care unit
at South Woods State Prison.
In correspondence with The Star-Ledger, Zarinsky
denied any role in the Durrua homicide. "I most certainly was not
involved in it, as I was not not involved in the numerous other
allegations made against me over the years," he wrote on May 26, 2007.
A Dec. 10 hearing was scheduled in Superior Court in
Monmouth County in which the prosecutor's office was seeking the court's
permission to use testimony about Zarinsky's alleged attempts to lure
four other Monmouth County teenagers into his car to buttress the Durrua
case. Those alleged incidents took place nine months after Durrua's
Authorities also believe Zarinsky had a long list of
victims, most of them teenage girls. Among the unsolved murders for
which he was a suspect are that of Linda Balabanow, 17, of Union in
1969, and Joanne Delardo, 15, and Doreen Carlucci, 14, of Woodbridge in
In 1999, Zarinsky's sister, Judith Sapsa, implicated
him in the 1958 unsolved murder of Rahway police officer Charles
Bernoskie. Sapsa turned on her brother after he reported her to
authorities for stealing money from his mutual fund. She, in turn, told
police she remembered, in vivid detail, a November night, four decades
earlier, when her older brother and their cousin stumbled into the
Zarinsky home, wounded and bleeding. According to Sapsa, they told
Zarinsky's parents they were caught breaking into a Rahway car
dealership and Robert shot a cop.
Sapsa claimed her mother used a pair of tweezers to
dig a bullet out of Zarinsky and then swore the family to secrecy about
the shooting. Theodore Schiffer, the cousin who was there that night,
corroborated Sapsa's story. He spent three years in prison for his role
as an accomplice in the shooting.
Zarinsky was acquitted of Bernoskie's murder after a
jury trial in 2001. Members of the jury said afterward they believed
Zarinsky killed the officer, but the prosecutor had not convinced them "beyond
a reasonable doubt." Ironically, Zarinsky died on the 50th anniversary
of Bernoskie's murder.
Elizabeth Bernoskie went on to sue Zarinsky for
causing her husband's death. In 2003, a jury awarded the widow $9.5
million in damages. She collected $154,000 from Zarinsky's mutual fund
account. But last year an appeals court ordered her to give the money
back. Zarinsky returned her check, demanding additional interest.
On 19 august 1999, Judith Sapsa
implicated her brother Robert Zarinsky and her cousin, Theodore Schiffer,
in the 1958 killing of Rahway Police Officer Charles Bernoskie. Sapsa
came forth after Zarinsky accused her husband, Peter, of stealing more
than 100-thousand dollars from an inheritance Zarinsky's mother had left
Zarinsky was convicted in 1975 of
murdering the 17-year-old Atlantic Highlands girl. After Zarinsky's
sister, Judith Sapsa, implicated her brother and their cousin in the cop
killing, authorities in Monmouth, Union and Middlesex counties began
this week focusing on Zarinsky as a possible suspect in four long-unsolved
Zarinsky had been a suspect all along
in the deaths of three teenage girls besides Calandriello, but was never
charged in the other cases. "Let me tell you something. Back then,
when we prosecuted him, we were convinced beyond a doubt that he was a
serial killer," John T. Mullaney, the former assistant prosecutor
in Monmouth County who tried Zarinsky in the Calandriello case. "We
knew he had killed Rosemary. We also knew he had killed the two from
Woodbridge, though I couldn't prove it," he said.
The bodies of Doreen Carlucci,
14, and Joanne Delardo, 15, were living in the Colonia section of Woodbridge,
were found in Monmouth County struck and strangled with an electrical
"I also knew he killed Linda
Balabanow, though they wouldn't try it," Mullaney said, referring
to a Union Township teen whose body was found floating in the Raritan
River in Middlesex County.
Middlesex County authorities didn't
think they had enough evidence to bring Zarinsky to trial for
Balabanow's murder, but Monmouth County authorities were willing to
"I stuck my head out. I just
thought, there were just too many dead young females, too many bodies,"
Mullaney added. "There are people alive today that wouldn't be
alive if he was still on the street."
Investigators with drills and saws
tore apart a "haunted house" in Linden, New Jersey, looking for
evidence that might link Zarinsky to the unsolved slayings of at least
at least four more teenage girls. Officials from eight law enforcement
agencies, including the State Police and FBI, were hoping to find
personal belongings that Robert Zarinsky, 59, might have taken from his
victims and stashed in the house he inherited from his mother.
Judith Sapsa, his sister, startled
authorities in recent weeks by talking about her brother's role in
Bernoskie's slaying as well as in the disappearance of "five to
10" girls. Sapsa, described to police her childhood home under the
"hypnotic" domination by her sadistic brother Robert who
repeatedly beat her, debased their father, and tortured animals.
Judith came forward after her husband,
Peter, was charged in June with stealing $110,500 from a mutual fund
that Zarinsky inherited when their mother died in 1995. Zarinsky, now at
Northern State Prison in Newark, unwittingly inspired the new
investigations by reporting the missing money.
According to police the Sapsas took
the money because of mounting medical bills. Peter Sapsa worked in
supermarkets and is now on disability awaiting a heart transplant.
Judith Sapsa, who is recovering from cancer, never worked outside the
In trouble since age 14 and
periodically under psychiatric care, Zarinsky was arrested at age 21 for
desecrating a cemetery and setting lumberyard fires. He was a self-styled
Nazi who commanded two or three like-minded friends, but imagined he led
an entire army.
Interrupting a robbery at a car
dealership, Rahway Patrolman Bernoskie was gunned down in 1958, when
Zarinsky was a teenager. No one was arrested at the time. Last week
though, Zarinsky's cousin, Schiffer, was arrested in the officer's death,
and Zarinsky was named as a second suspect.
Robert Zarinsky's history of violence
and delusions of power began as a teenager, and at 14, he was admitted
to Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.
Zarinsky, who turns 59 next month, is
in prison for the 1969 murder of a 17-year-old Atlantic Highlands girl.
He has been implicated by his sister in the 1958 slaying of a Rahway
police officer, when he was 18, and is a suspect in the murders of at
least four teenage girls in the late 1960s and early '70s.
The night that officer Bernoskie was
gunned down, the policeman was able to get off several rounds, injuring
Zarinsky. But Zarinsky's mother, Veronica, tended to his wounds at home
and swore the family to silence.
When he was 21 and charged with the
desecration of 1,500 headstones at the Rosedale-Linden Cemetery and
setting five lumberyards on fire, he maintained he was insane and did
not know right from wrong.
When he was 34 and brought in for a
lineup in the murder of Rosemary Calandriello, guards were told not to
let him alter his facial hair. He had long sideburns in a mutton chop
style and a goatee. But when the guards were not looking, he got a hold
of some hair-removal cream.
During Zarinsky's trial in 1975 for
the murder of Calandriello, his wife, Lynn Zarinsky, took the stand in
her husband's defense and told the jury that a pair of blue bikini
panties taken from Zarinsky's car belonged to her. She also told them
that she was with her husband the night of Aug. 25, 1969, when
Veronica doted on her son, even though
he once beat Judith so badly she was out of school for two or three
weeks, Weiner said. "Don't hit her in the face," was the
mother's advice to her son, the lawyer said Mrs. Sapsa told him.
Demonstrating classic serial killer
behavior Zarinsky, as a teenager, formed a gang, "The Panthers,"
and gleefully committed arson. His sister remembers his pleasure ripping
the wings off a bird, or chopping the head off a bird.
Zarinsky abused his father, Julius,
who ran a grocery, by pushing tomatoes into his face. When the son
finished high school, he took the shop's proceeds and put his father on
a $5 weekly salary. Mrs. Sapsa was about 15 in 1958 when her brother and
cousin, both wounded, were brought to their Linden home by an aunt after
the shootout with Officer Bernoskie, who had found the young men robbing
a car dealership, Weiner said. She recalls her brother saying, "'He
pissed me off, that's why I shot him,' because (Bernoskie) shot his
The young girl said she watched as her
mother used tongue depressors and tweezers to extract bullets from her
brother and cousin, who were spirited to the Poconos in Pennsylvania to
recover. When Julius Zarinsky read in the newspaper the next day that
the officer was dead, he vomited. The family never spoke about the
Julius Zarinsky was Jewish, and
Veronica was not. However Robert was convicted at age 22 of desecrating
hundreds of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Linden.
25 Years Later, Serial Killer Uncovered?
Murderer Implicated in Slaying of Cop, 3 Other Women
Aug. 19, 1999
LINDEN, N.J. (APBnews.com) -- A convicted murderer
serving a life sentence for the 1969 killing of an Atlantic Highlands
teenager may have been responsible for the deaths of a police officer
and at least three other women during a 17-year period, authorities say.
In 1975, a Monmouth County jury convicted Robert Zarinsky of having
murdered 17-year-old Rosemary Calandriello six years earlier. Former
assistant prosecutor John Mullaney, who tried the case, said he was
convinced then that Zarinsky was responsible for killing at least three
other young women in neighboring counties. But prosecutors felt they did
not have enough evidence to support their cases, and the cases remain
unsolved to this day. Now, Mullaney says, his 25-year-old hunch may pan
out. 'We knew he was a serial killer'
Zarinsky, 58, is serving a life sentence in Northern
State Prison in Newark for killing Calandriello, who was last seen
riding in his battered Ford Galaxy on Aug. 26, 1969.
At the time he
tried the Zarinsky case, Mullaney told APBnews.com, he felt the career
criminal may have killed three other girls -- Joanne Delardo, Doreen
Carlucci and Linda Balabanow -- in neighboring counties between 1969 and
1974. "We knew he was a serial killer, but there was precious
little to prove it," said Mullaney, who now has a private law
practice. His files, locked away and gathering dust in courthouse
archives for almost three decades, may come in handy again. Zarinsky
resurfaced as a murder suspect again last week when his sister came
forward to say he and their cousin, Theodore Schiffer, fatally shot
Rahway police Officer Charles Bernoskie in 1958. Sister tells of cop
Investigators from the FBI, the New Jersey State
Police and six local police agencies descended on the Zarinsky house,
unoccupied and still owned by Zarinsky, on Wednesday to search for clues
in the Bernoskie case and possibly other unsolved homicides. Zarinsky
was linked to the Bernoskie killing by U.S. Postal Service investigators
who questioned his sister, Judith Sapsa, about allegations she and her
husband had been stealing money from Zarinsky's trust fund. It was then
that Sapsa told authorities about a Nov. 28, 1958, incident in which she
said Schiffer and her brother were surprised by police as they were
burglarizing a car dealership. She said that Bernoskie shot Schiffer,
and Zarinsky in retaliation shot the 30-year-old officer. Sapsa, who was
a young girl at the time, said she watched her mother remove a bullet
from Schiffer's chest and another one from Zarinsky's buttocks using
kitchen implements later that night. Schiffer charged with murder
Union County prosecutors charged Schiffer with
Bernoskie's murder last week, but only today confirmed they also are
considering Zarinsky as a suspect. "He is being looked at as a
suspect," said Richard Rodbart, a Union County prosecutor. "Events
have motivated us to consider him a suspect."
Rodbart declined to
specify what events triggered the new probe. Rodbart refused to discuss
what investigators were hoping to find in their search of Zarinsky's
house or what evidence may have been recovered. Armed with the new
information from Sapsa, prosecutors and detectives who have been sitting
on cold homicide cases for years are taking a fresh look at them.
bodies, no proof Calandriello's body was never found, but prosecutors
had enough circumstantial evidence to convince the jury -- seven years
after she disappeared -- that Zarinsky killed her. "We had four
eyewitnesses who put the girl in his car," Mullaney said. "Then
we found the car, and the handles on the doors and the windows were
In December 1974, the bodies of two other girls, 14-year-old
Carlucci and 15-year-old Delardo, were found in Monmouth County, beaten
and strangled with an electrical cord. Around the same time, Balabanow's
body was found floating in the Raritan River in Middlesex County.
Zarinsky was a suspect but was never charged in the three girls' deaths.
Mullaney said he firmly believes they were all slain by him.
'Clearly a pattern' "When we searched Zarinsky's
car, we found a ball-peen hammer that had a hair on it that was not
Rosemary Calandriello's," said Mullaney. "Forensic technology
was changing and later showed the odds indicated that it was Linda
Balabanow's hair." But, at the time, Middlesex County authorities
didn't think they had enough evidence to prosecute, he said. Middlesex
County prosecutors could not be reached for comment on the status of the
Balabanow case today.
Monmouth County prosecutor Peter Warshaw would
only confirm that his office is engaged in a "cooperative
investigation" that involves Zarinsky. Still, Mullaney contends all
the cases are linked. He thinks Sapsa's revelations, combined with
advancements in forensic analysis, could prove his theory. "All
indications were he did it," said Mullaney. "All of the girls
had electric cords around their necks. There was clearly a pattern."
Zarinsky up for parole in 2000 Mullaney is guardedly
optimistic about resolving the decades-old cases. "Will they find
that he committed the other murders? Will they find [Calandriello's]
body? I don't know. I hope so for the family's sake," he said.
"Rosemary's mother and brother are still alive. One brother was
killed in a bungled robbery in Pennsylvania. That family has had more
than their share of tragedy. Closure would be nice." With Zarinsky
up for parole next year, Mullaney said, "the investigation couldn't
have come at a better time."
September 1, 1999
Corrections Department officials say that
convicted killer Robert Zarinsky requested to be transferedr to
protective custody at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton after he became
a suspect in a string of killings 30 years ago.
serving a life sentence for the murder of a young woman. His sister
recently linked him to the killing of a Rahway police officer in 1968,
and authorities in Union County and neighboring counties have reopened
investigations in to several killings of women.
serial killer told authorities he felt threatened by other inmates who
read recent newspaper articles about renewed investigation into
long-held suspicions that he killed four other young women, corrections
spokesman Chris Carden said.
Robert Zarinsky formally charged in '68 slaying of
by Robin Gaby Fisher and Judith Lucas - The Star-Ledger
Tuesday March 11, 2008
Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin officially
announced today that Robert Zarinksy is being charged with murder and
felony murder in connection with the death of 13-year-old Jane Durrua.
Zarinsky, 67, has been in prison
since 1975 for the murder of an Atlantic Highlands
teenager. But he has long been suspected in other deaths,
"I've been waiting for this day for
so many years. I have always believed it was Zarinsky,"
said Joan Conway, the victim's sister.
Valentin said Jane Durrua disappeared
on the evening of Monday, Nov. 4, 1968 after she took a
shortcut through a grassy field by a railroad track on
her way to her East Keansburg home. He added the case
will go to a grand jury later this month.
"For the last several years up
through last week, evidence has been thoroughly and
comprehensively analyzed by multiple laboratories to
ensure the reliability of the results. The investigation
culminated with the charges lodged against Zarinsky,"
Retired Atlantic Highlands Police
Chief Samuel Guzzi, who was responsible for winning the
conviction against Zarinsky in 1975 in the Rosemary
Calandriello case, was at the press conference this
afternoon. Alan Balabanow, the brother of Linda
Balabanow, whose body washed up along the Raritan River
in 1969, was also there. Zarinsky is the only suspect in
the Balabanow murder, but the Middlesex County
Prosecutor's Office told The Star-Ledger in August that
there was not enough evidence to charge him.
Zarinsky is expected to appear in
court Thursday to face the new charges against him.
He was served in South Woods State
Prison in Bridgeton this morning on the murder and
felony murder charge.
Valentin refused to describe
Zarinsky's demeanor when he was served in the 40-year-old
Valentin was at times defensive when
asked why the Monmouth County prosecutor's office took
two years to charge Zarinsky, even though they had
developed DNA evidence against him.
He acknowledged that a former mix-up
of DNA evidence that resulted in the wrongful arrest of
Jerry Lee Bellamy would make this case more difficult to
try, but remains confident Zarinsky will be convicted.
"The evidence was examined and re-examined,"
Valentin said. "We have been working diligently on this
Authorities are also attempting to
link Zarinsky through DNA to the 1974 killings of
Woodbridge teenagers Joanne Delardo and Doreen Carlucci,
according to law enforcement sources who asked not to be
named because the investigation is ongoing.
Marc Lemieux, an investigator for the
Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, today called
Jeanette Delardo -- the victim's mother -- and told her
they did not have enough DNA to file charges against
Zarinsky in the two cases, she said. But Lemieux said
they are continuing to investigate, according to Delardo.
Nevertheless, Delardo said she is
finished hoping for a resolution.
"We've given up now ... We get the
feeling they are never going to try him," Delardo said.
In 1999, Zarinsky's sister implicated
him in the 1958 killing of Rahway Police Officer Charles
Bernoskie. Zarinsky was acquitted at trial in 2001, with
the jury saying the prosecutor had not managed to prove
guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt." But several jurors
said they were convinced Zarinsky killed the officer.
Jane Durrua was sexually assaulted
and bludgeoned to death on her way home from school in
November of 1968. Her killing was one of several cold
cases reopened after Zarinsky was charged with
In a 15-part series,
"Deadly Secrets," published in
August, The Star-Ledger first reported
that prosecutors had additional evidence
in the Durrua case, including a DNA
match between Zarinsky and semen stains
found on the girl's slip.
The stains were
discovered in 2005 after Paul Seitz, a
detective in the Monmouth County
Prosecutor's Office, recruited Robert
Shaler, a nationally known DNA expert
from the New York City Medical
Examiner's Office, to examine evidence
in the case.
Shaler told The Star-Ledger
he discovered large stains that had not
been detected years earlier by forensic
scientists in the New Jersey State
Police lab. He was able to raise enough
DNA to develop a profile and compare it
with a sample on file for Zarinsky.
prosecutors asked a Superior Court judge
in Monmouth County to force Zarinsky to
submit a fresh DNA sample. The judge
barred reporters from the hearing.
Zarinsky is serving
time at South Woods State Prison in
Bridgeton for the murder of Rosemary
Calandriello. He is eligible each year
Sam Guzzi, a retired
Atlantic Highlands police sergeant who
for years built cases against Zarinsky,
welcomed news he would be charged in the
Guzzi said. "What can I tell you. I'm so
elated for the family."
Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Det.
Paul Seitz and the Star-Ledger series
for the keeping the case alive.
of other victims linked to Zarinsky
"I only want to know
who killed my daughter," said John
Born in New Jersey during 1941, Robert Zarinsky exhibited signs of mental instability in adolescence. By the early 1960s, he was calling himself "Lt. Schaefer, leader of the American Republican Army."
Convicted of arson and grave desecration after he torched five lumber yards and vandalized Jewish cemeteries in Monmouth and Union Counties, the one-man army spent thirteen months in Trenton State Psychiatric Hospital.
Despite his daily contact with psychiatrists, Zarinsky still slipped through the net, his lethal quirks unrecognized by trained professionals. Settling in Linden, Zarinsky opened a wholesale produce business, but his darker fantasies cried out for satisfaction. In April 1969, Linda Balbanow, age 17, was kidnapped on the short walk home from her job at a drug store in Union County, New Jersey.
Her lifeless body was recovered soon thereafter, floating in the Raritan River near Woodbridge. When 16-year-old Rosemary Calandriello disappeared from Atlantic Highlands, later that year, Zarinsky was charged with her kidnapping.
Authorities delayed prosecution while the futile search for her body continued, and Zarinsky's attorney won dismissal of the charge on grounds his client was denied a speedy trial. In December 1974, police had their eyes on Zarinsky again, investigating the murders of Doreen Carlucci, 14, and Joanne Delardo, 15, in Middlesex County.
The victims were kidnapped together, their bodies discarded in Manalapan Township, half naked, each strangled with electric cord. Detectives were still seeking positive links in the two recent crimes when they got a fresh break on the Calandriello abduction. According to acquaintances, Zarinsky had been boasting of the murder, confident that he could not be prosecuted in the absence of a body. Authorities felt otherwise.
On February 25, 1975, Zarinsky was charged with the murder of Rosemary Calandriello, held in lied of $125,000 bond. His trial, in April, ended with Zarinsky's conviction of first-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The verdict was affirmed on appeal, in July 1976, the higher court ruling that failure to produce a victim's body is no bar to prosecution in a murder
case -particularly when the suspect brags about the killing to his
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