Killer or Clairvoyant? Coffee With the Prime Suspect in the 2004 Murder of Sarah Fox

Mr. Sheinman steadfastly maintained his innocence and refused to have further discussions with detectives.

Both the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office have declined multiple requests to comment on this case.

Prior to his trance at the precinct, Mr. Sheinman’s neighbors brought him to the attention of the police. Mr. Sheinman often walked his dog in the park where Ms. Fox’s body was found, and he admits he regularly got into minor altercations when people questioned him about why the large Rhodesian Ridgeback wasn’t on a leash. In his book, Mr. Sheinman
detailed the “unpleasant” experience of being “pestered every other second” by people concerned by his dog.

One year after Ms. Fox’s murder, Mr. Sheinman got into another confrontation in the park that resulted in him being charged with
assaulting another man and spending 59 days on Riker’s Island. Ms. Sheinman claims the incident occurred after the other man’s dog jumped on her and that the man was clearly aware of Mr. Sheinman’s status as a suspect in the Fox case.

“He punched someone whose dog jumped on my belly. I was eight months pregnant lying in the meadow in Inwood Park,” Ms. Sheinman said. “My husband pulls the dog off, and suddenly the owner is right there screaming ‘You bloody murderer!’ And he punched him.”

According to The Daily News, law enforcement sources said Mr. Sheinman’s assault prosecution was “part of a psychological squeeze on Sheinman as the anniversary of Fox’s slaying approache[d].” However, Mr. Sheinman’s arrest yielded no new information about the Fox killing, and the experience convinced the Sheinmans to get out of the country and move to Cape Town once he served his sentence.

While in South Africa, Mr. Sheinman began writing his book. He said he used his psychic abilities to travel to the past and review the events surrounding the murder as they happened.

“I had to go back in time and see how the whole thing was happening,” Mr. Sheinman said. “I literally felt what the police ate, how the coffee bubbled up in their stomachs.”

Mr. Sheinman also said he has gotten in touch with other professed clairvoyants to work on solving the Fox case. Along with four other alleged psychics, Mr. Sheinman said he had visions about the murder that led him to focus on the name of a man that he believes may have been involved in the murder.

When he arrived back in New York City last month, Mr. Sheinman delivered the police a letter with information gleaned from himself and his fellow clairvoyants. Mr. Sheinman invited the press to wait outside as he brought the envelope into the precinct. Law enforcement sources told the news site DNAInfo they were “unable to question Sheinman further because he still has an attorney of record dating back to when he was originally questioned in the case. Mr. Sheinman’s letter named a former teacher of Ms. Fox’s at Juilliard who was reportedly ruled out as a suspect eight years ago.

Mr. Sheinman dismissed reports that the police wanted to question him about the case beyond the information in his letter.

“The police, when they said that they want to talk to us or whatever, that was like their form of harassment, because I made sure all the information that I know of is in the letter,” said Mr. Sheinman. “If I have any information—new information that I think would help police to catch—my God I want to catch the guy, I would give them immediately that information, obviously.”

Mr. Sheinman reported he and his wife were planning to head back to Africa in mid-July. As of press time, calls to his U.S. cell phone went unanswered.

hwalker@observer.com