A new book by two local authors examines the life and crimes of a Bergen
County man convicted of rape and murder.
"The Charmer" tells the story of the two women the man was convicted
of raping and murdering. One author was the prosecutor in the
sexual assault and homicide case, while the other is the former mayor of Ramsey, New Jersey.
The crimes took place in the 1970s, and the defendant was sentenced to
life in prison. He is now 72 and remains in New Jersey State Prison today,
four decades later. The book claims he seemed like an ordinary boy in
his youth, but that his criminal history started when he was 16, with
him assaulting a number of women before the crimes which resulted in his
The two women that he raped and killed by strangulation were both named
Susan, resulting in the media calling the killings "the Susan strangulations."
Prosecutors said he abducted each of the women within several days, taking
the first victim, a nurse, from her house in Haworth, and the second,
who had just graduated college, as she exited a bus in Demarest.
The bodies of both women were later found in New York.
In both cases, the women's pantyhose had been used to strangle them.
The book claims that the defendant made efforts while in custody prior
to trial to hire a contract killer to murder his well-to-do aunt, thinking
that he could inherit her money and use it to put on an excellent defense.
The alleged scheme was foiled when a prisoner in the jail informed on him.
"Local Authors Recount Story Of Bergen County Rapist, Murderer," June 1, 2012