Archive for ‘Closed Cases’

Solved: Rosemary Calandriello

Rosemary K. Calandriello
Case closed in 1974
Killer: Robert Zarinsky

Rosemary Calandriello was 17 years old when she was last seen walking out of her family’s home in the 90 block of Center Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey at 6:00 p.m on August 25, 1969. Her mother gave her two dollars and sent her out to the store to buy milk and ice pops for the family’s dinner. The store was only two blocks away, and Rosemary was expected to return home after only a few minutes. But she never arrived home. Her mother reported her missing to authorities about two hours after she was last seen. 
Rosemary was the youngest of four children and the only child still living at home with her parents. She had only recently started dating, had no steady boyfriend and she was generally kept sheltered by her family. She was not allowed out at night by herself, and she was afraid of the dark.
At the time she vanished, Rosemary’s father was very ill and had to take leave from his job as a result. Rosemary assumed many more household responsibilities, including shopping for the groceries and helping pay bills due to her fathers sickness. Her parents never believed she ran away from home, as that would be extremely uncharacteristic of her behavior.
During the investigation, police were able to speak to four of Rosemary’s high school classmates who claimed to have seen her riding in a car with a stranger, an older male. They described the vehicle as a beat up black and white Ford Galaxy convertible. The boys followed the car in their own vehicle for a few blocks, because they were curious about seeing Rosemary with an older man. 
Based on the boy’s descriptions, the police made a composite drawing of the unidentified man. After this sighting was reported in the newspapers, a woman came forward and told investigators that a man who closely resembled the sketch and drove a similar vehicle had offered a ride to her 12 year old daughter and her daughter’s friend. He made the offer on three separate occasions and had also offered to give the girls some wine. Amazingly, the girls had memorized the vehicle’s license plate number and police determined it belonged to Robert Zarinsky. 
Robert had a history of antisocial and criminal behavior dating back to his childhood. And was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. After linking him to Rosemary’s disappearance, police arrested him for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. This charge was connected to him for offering alcohol to the two underage girls, but police believed he had also harmed Rosemary. 
Robert was seen washing the trunk of his Ford Galaxy after Rosemary went missing, something that was unusual. When police inspected the car, the window and door handles on the passenger side were absent. One of Rosemary’s hair clips was found on the floor of the vehicle, and in the backseat was a pair of blue women’s panties. Rosemary’s mother identified the panties as her daughter’s, but Robert Zarinsky’s wife stated they were her own. A ball-peen hammer with skin, dried blood and hair stuck to it was also located. The hair however, was blonde, police later presumed Robert Zarinsky also murdered the blonde haired blue eyed Linda Balabanow ( ) along with several other teenage girls in the surrounding area.
After Robert’s arrest, Rosemary’s four high school classmates identified him as being the man they saw with her on the evening of her disappearance. When he was in jail, he allegedly confessed to Rosemary’s murder to a cellmate, and said that no one would ever find her body.
Robert was convicted on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but his conviction was overturned on appeal and he was released. The FBI analyzed the bloody clump of hair that was found in the car and it was indeed linked to Linda Balabanow, whose body was found in the Raritan River in Port Reading, New Jersey about four months before Rosemary disappeared. She was beaten to death and strangled with an electrical cord. 
Police also suspected Robert had killed Joanne Delardo and Donna Carlucci, two teenage girls from Woodbridge Township, New Jersey who were both also strangled with an electrical cord. ( ) However, there was not enough evidence to prosecute him in those two cases. 
     In 1974, Robert Zarinsky was charged with Rosemary’s murder on the basis of circumstantial evidence. He was convicted in 1975 and sentenced to 98 years in prison. He was the first person in the state of NJ to be convicted of murder in a case where the victim’s body had not been found. In 1999, Robert was also charged with the murder of a 13 year old girl named Jane Durra. ( ) She had been raped, beaten and strangled. He was awaiting trial for her murder when he died of pulmonary fibrosis in December of 2008.
Robert Zarinsky is a suspect in several murders other than the ones he was charged with, and his own sister attributes as many as 10 homicides to him. 
Rosemary’s remains have still not been located as of 2021, but foul play is suspected in her case. 

If you have any information, please contact the Atlantic Highlands Police Department at 732-291-1212.


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The Murdered Jane Durrua

The Murdered
Jane Durrua
Monmouth County NJ
Suspected Killer: Robert Zarinsky

(sister Joan left, Jane right)

(Joan Conway left Jane Durrua right)

Jane’s sisters, Delores(left) and Joan.

   Jane Katherine Durrua was just 13 years old when she disappeared on her way home from visiting her older sister Joan’s house at 26 Dakota Avenue, East Keansburg, Middletown, New Jersey. On the evening of Monday, November 4, 1968, she was last seen taking a shortcut through a grassy field by a railroad track on her way back to her home at 51 Frazee place.
 The next morning, Jane’s brother in law, Ronald Connors, was the one to find her body in a ditch with waist-high grass, a few feet south of the railroad tracks she was last seen by. Her clothes were disheveled, she had a severe head injury above one eye. Jane was sexually assaulted and beaten to death. Her purse and shoes were found at the scene of the murder. Her shoes were actually found underneath Jane’s body. 
At first, it was determined that a man named Jerry Bellamy was the perpetrator, however, an examination was performed on the slip that Jane had been wearing under her outfit, and it cleared Jerry of the murder. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office presented evidence that showed a serial killer named Robert Zarinsky’s DNA was a match with semen found on Jane’s slip. See below.

Zarinsky was eventually charged in November of 2008 with the murder of Jane, but he died the night before facing trial. Robert Zarinsky is a suspect in four other killings. 
13 million dollars was awarded to Jane’s family in a wrongful death suit.
This case is still technically classified as unsolved due to Robert’s death before he was charged. 


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Solved: Jacalyn Harp

Jacalyn Harp
Case #: MP18331
Murdered by Richard Cottingham

Jacalyn (Jackie) Harp, was 13 years old, living at 150 Birch Street, Midland Park, Bergen County, New Jersey with her parents and four sisters when she went missing on July 17 of 1968, failing to return home after she had band practice at Midland School field. She was a flag twirler for her school’s “All-Girls Drum and Bugle Corps” band. Practice ended at 9 PM, and she was last seen at approximately 9:50 PM walking home along Godwin Street near the corner of Cross Street. Her mother reported her missing at 1 am. 
Her body was found the next morning, July 18th. She was found along Goffle Creek only about 100 feet away from a house on a dead-end street called Morrow Road, beaten in the face and strangled with the leather strap of her flag sling. Her clothes were described as being in “disarray” and police thought the attack was sexually motivated, although she was not raped. 

The “Torso Killer” aka Richard Cottingham confessed to Jackie’s murder.  He is a known serial killer in the areas of New York and New Jersey, operating in 1967-1980. He also confessed to the murders of Irene Blase and Denise Falasca. He is currently incarcerated in Trenton with a sentence of over 200 years. As of April 27, 2021, he has also confessed to kidnapping, raping and drowning 17 year old Mary Ann Pryer and her friend, 16 year old Lorraine Kelly, in a motel bathtub in August of 1974. (link below) 


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Solved: Nancy Schiava Vogel

Nancy Schiava Vogel
Case Closed in August of 2010
Killer: Richard Francis Cottingham

Nancy Schiava Vogel was a 29 year old mother of two in 1967 when she went missing. She was last seen leaving her home to play bingo with her friends at the local church in Little Ferry, NJ. Instead, Nancy ended up shopping at Valley Fair Department Store. (known by receipt and purchases that were found in her car.) At some point, Cottingham approached Nancy and abducted her, taking her to Ridgefield Park, where three days later her body would be found nude, bound and strangled in her own vehicle. Nancy had been beaten severely on the ride side of her face, she had a black eye and a large bruise on the back of her head. Her hands were tied in front of her with a thin cord, and she was strangled with a rope. Her naked body had an army blanket or seat cover draped over her that was originally on the floor of her vehicle at the time. Nancy’s clothes were found “folded neatly under her,” on the backseat. It is believed that he killed her inside her vehicle.
This had turned out to be Richard Francis Cottingham (AKA the Torso Killer)’s first known murder of his killing spree that took place from 1967-1980. Cottingham and Nancy Vogel were both residents of Little Ferry, and they were acquainted with each other. Richard worked as a computer operator at the downtown Manhattan Blue Cross Blue-shield, and was very well liked by his company and co-workers. He was married with three children, and seemed to be an upstanding family man.
Richard Cottingham first drew attention to the police in May of 1980, when he was arrested for the attempted murder and rape of an 18 year old prostitute at a Hasbrouck Heights motel. A maid heard screams coming from a room, where police found a woman with handcuffs on her ankles, bite marks on one breast and a knife wound below it. This investigation linked Cottingham to other attacks in North Jersey and New York City in the past few years. He was eventually convicted of two murders and the kidnappings and assaults of three other women in Bergen county and the murders of three prostitutes in New York, two of which he dismembered, cutting off their heads, hands feet and breasts. 
Richard Cottingham is in the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, and he received a life term for Nancy’s murder, totaling his sentences to more than 200 years for the 6 other killings he was convicted of. 
Cottingham has boasted of killing 85 to 100 people. He officially pleaded guilty to 6 murders, but he confessed to killing 9. Their names are: Nancy Schiava Vogel, Jacalyn Harp, Irene Blase, Denise Falasca, Maryann Carr, Deedeh Goodarzi and a Jane Doe that was found next to Deedeh that is still unidentified, Valerie Ann Street, and Jean Reyner. I urge you to click the links I’ve posted, there is a huge amount of information on each gruesome murder. 


Solved: Mary Ann Klinsky

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:


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