Twice jailed for two different murders, trans 83-year-old charged again after police find head in apartment

Laurel Duggan, DCNF

Police charged 83-year-old Harvey Marcelin with murder and concealment of human remains after finding a head in Marcelin’s apartment in Manhattan, New York City, The New York Times reported.

Marcelin, who reportedly identified as male in earlier court documents but now identifies as a woman, was indicted on second-degree murder charges Thursday for allegedly killing 68 year-old Susan Leyden, the NYT reported. Marcelin allegedly dismembered Leyden’s corpse and proceeded to hide her body parts.

Police found Leyden’s remains in a multicolored bag in a shopping cart on March 3, and later discovered surveillance footage of Leyden carrying that same bag inside Marcelin’s apartment building on Feb. 27, the NYT reported. Leyden’s head was later found inside Marcelin’s home.

Marcelin previously served a prison sentence for the murder of a girlfriend in 1963, and was released in 1984 but pled guilty in 1986 to the murder of another woman, according to the NYT. Marcelin admitted to having “problems” with women during a 1997 appearance before the state parole board.

Marcelin repeatedly requested parole while serving time for the second murder but was only released in 2019, with the state telling Marcelin in 2010 that “your release at this time is incompatible with the welfare and safety of the community,” according to the NYT.

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