BROOKLYN, N.Y. (TCD) -- An 83-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly killing a woman whose dismembered body was found in a shopping cart earlier in the month.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced Thursday, March 10, that his office charged Harvey Marcelin with murder. Gonzalez said Marcelin is accused of "allegedly concealing the severed head of a woman in her home and discarding the victim’s torso in a bag on the street."
The District Attorney’s Office identified the victim as 68-year-old Susan Leyden, according to NBC New York. Leyden reportedly lived in an LGBTQ shelter in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood when she died. Officials reportedly found a human head inside Marcelin’s apartment and tarot cards laid out on a table.
The New York Post reports police located electric saws in Marcelin’s apartment. Leyden’s torso was located about a block from Marcelin’s residence.
Marcelin was convicted in 1963 for fatally shooting her live-in girlfriend, according to the New York Post. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison and was released in 1984. About two years later, she was convicted of killing another girlfriend and leaving her body in a bag near Central Park. Marcelin was released in 2019.
Marcelin is being held without bond at Rikers Island.