Mary Ann Klinsky (Also known as Mary Agnes Klinsky)
Case closed on February 17, 2016
Killer: Robert Zarinsky
In 2016, DNA evidence linked Mary Ann Klinsky’s rape and murder in 1965 to a serial killer named Robert Zarinsky, who was also responsible for the deaths of several other people, incuding 17 year old Rosemary Calandriello, and 13 year old Jane Durrua. Zarinsky was acquitted in 2001 for the murder of a police officer in 1958, and he is a suspect in four other killings. Robert Zarinsky died in November of 2008 due to pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lung tissue that made it increasingly difficult for him to breathe.
Mary was an 18 year old woman living on Seventh Street in the West Keansburg section of Hazlet, Monmouth County, New Jersey. She was a senior at Raritan Township High School, and was well-liked by many.
Mary was last seen on September 15, 1965 at the Keansburg boardwalk by her sisters, where she had gone to mail a letter to a 20 year old sailor aboard the USS Mauna Loa in the Mediterranean, with whom she was dating. They had planned to get engaged when he returned. According to Mary’s sisters, when they saw her she was seated alone on a bench near the boardwalk at about 9 p.m.
The next day, September 16, in the afternoon, Mary was found dead by a Garden State Parkway maintenance man. She was identified by the Raritan Township High School class ring she was wearing. Her nude body was found face down under a guardrail near Telegraph Hill Park in Holmdel, Monmouth County New Jersey, off the Garden State Parkway southbound entrance, now known as Exit 116. She had been sexually assaulted and beaten severely in the head.
An autopsy determined that poor Mary died of multiple skull fractures from blunt force trauma to the head which caused massive intracranial bleeding and shock.
Investigators had knowledge of Zarinsky, who was 34 years old at the time, being in the area where Mary Klinsky was last seen and was also very familiar with where Mary lived and where her body was found.
It took over 50 years to identify Mary’s killer, which her family is grateful for, but her sister is quoted saying, “It still doesn’t bring her back.”
Rest in Peace Mary!
Photos of Robert Zarinsky below: