Crime Waves: Murder on the D Train

Gerardo Sanchez, the man who allegedly stabbed a fellow passenger to death on the D train this weekend, was either obviously crazy and scary or shockingly un-crazy-seeming and thus scarier. The Post goes with the former version of events, reporting that Sanchez was “wildly disorganized and disoriented,” as well as “deeply disturbed, ‘eating something, making a mess.'” The Daily News, at least in Michael Daly’s column, tries the latter: a “balding, middle-age working man,” Sanchez “shatters the usual image of a psycho.”

Either way, the Daily News says that his victim was also kind of crazy–“a mentally ill germaphobe who used his bag to keep people at a safe distance” and whose “erratic temper” had led him into violent disputes long before this weekend’s attack,  which the paper characterizes as “a clash of two men on the edge.”

What is certain is that fellow passengers were not pleased about being kept locked on on the subway car while waiting for police to apprehend Sanchez. They were “sealed in [a] murder car” with a killer, a corpse, and a growing pool of blood, writes the Post; the “lockdown was too risky,” riders told the Daily News:

“If you lock us in the train, he could go crazy and start killing us, start slashing us,” said Gloria Whyte, 34, of Long Island City.

Also, we learn today that the holiday season is rough for compulsive shoplifters. The Post tells one anonymous woman’s story (“‘Joy’ is a middle-class, middle-aged Manhattan resident who keeps a secret from her friends and family”), but the results are like those cautionary tales of eating disorders that end up providing the reader with lots of cool diet tips. Like:

I got very creative. In clothing stores, I would take a bunch of items into the dressing room, with two tops on one hanger so when a clerk counted the items, I’d have an extra, hidden top. I would also always buy one item — a surefire way not to be suspected.

So simple!

And in a matter of concern to criminals and non-criminals alike, The Times reports that Fernando Bermudez’s exoneration opens the door for New York state courts to consider the question of “actual innoncence” rather than just procedural issues in assessing appealed convictions. Supporters of the “actual innocence” statute now in the State Senate are thrilled. Said Glenn A. Garber, founder of the Exoneration Initiative, the decision “elevates substance over form.”

Crime Waves: Murder on the D Train