NY - East Bronx, Girl, ~5, in Rodman's Neck Park, Aug'57

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  1. delirious1

    delirious1 New Member

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    In 1957 a little girl was found in a New York park.
    She was believed to be around 5 years old.
    This was during the same time as The Boy in The Box was found. Since the crimes were similar it was thought to be possibly related.
    I can find nothing more about this poor little girl.
    Has anyone else heard of this case?
     
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  3. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Looks like she was found on Wednesday August 14 (reported in the August 17 newspaper) in Rodman's Neck Park in the Bronx. She was nude but wrapped in a sleeveless type men's undershirt and a portion of an Army raincoat that were tied around her. The cause of death was determined to be from peritonitis as a result of swallowing some type of sharp object. I would guess from this that the death could have possibly been accidental although then why hide the body? I suppose her parents could have been afraid they would be charged with neglect but that seems illogical to me.
     
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    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    To note; children raised in extemely stressful, threatening, abusive, neglectful and unloving situations often suffer from what is known as psychosocial dwarfism so I wouldn't be surprised if she wasn't a year or two or even three years older than she appeared. It causes smaller stature and can even delay development such as the eruption of permanent teeth and puberty.
     
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    delirious1 New Member

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    I don't see the connection between the two deaths. Maybe they didn't release all the information they had. Im guessing the little girl was never identified either.
     
  7. jessr927

    jessr927 Kim Raffo 2/12/71 - 11/20/06

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    For what it's worth, Rodman's Neck has an Army history, which I did not know. I only knew it as the NYPD shooting range. From Wikipedia:

    "In 1941, during World War II the U.S. Department of War began to use the area as a Navy base and in 1950, the United States Army drained the site and built barracks for soldiers at Fort Slocum. When the Army finished using the land, the site was turned over to the New York City Police Academy, where the police reestablished the permanent training facility and firing range in 1960."
     
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    its interesting that this is from the Philadelphia Inquirer. I wonder if any NYC newspapers covered it.. I have not found anything else.

    08/17/57 Philadelphia Inquirer
    N.Y. Girl's Death Tied To Boy's Slaying Here
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    Similarity of circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of a small girl in a secluded park in East Bronx, N.Y., and the murder of a young boy stuffed in a carton in Fox Chase eight months ago, launched a full-scale investigation yesterday by Philadelphia and New York police.
    The two-state investigation was begun after the girl, about 5 years old, was found Wednesday in a lonely area of Rodman's Neck Park in the East Bronx.
    The similarity between the death of the little girl and of the still unidentified boy in Fox Chase was noted immediately by Lt. David Brown, acting commander of the Philadelphia Homicide squad, who said a New York police teletype message seeking information on the girl's identity "immediately was placed in the file on the murdered boy."
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    PLEDGES COOPERATION
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    "We definitely intend to cooperate fully with New York detectives on this case" Brown said. He added that he was in telephone contact with homicide detectives there in an effort to run down any leads, which might develop, on either case.
    In New York, Homicide Detective Harold Leahrer said police, as in the case of the Fox Chase boy, are "getting dozens of leads daily on possible identity of the girl." He, too, said he would remain in "close touch" with Philadelphia police on any developments pertinent to the two cases.
    The girl's body was found in a woodland in the park. The body was wrapped in a white sleeveless undershirt with pieces of Army-type OD raincoat around it and tied with white cord. Several feet away was a torn blue canvas suitcase believed to have been used to transport the body.
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    DEAD FIVE DAYS
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    An autopsy yesterday revealed the girl apparently died of acute peritonitis caused after she swallowed a sharp object. Assistant Medical Examiner Henry Siegel said the girl apparently had been dead for about five days before she was found.
    Brown said the similarity between the two cases was remarkable in that the Fox Chase boy also was undernourished, and was naked, except for being wrapped in a portion of blanket, when he was found February 26 in a cardboard carton.
     
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  11. jessr927

    jessr927 Kim Raffo 2/12/71 - 11/20/06

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    I was thinking about this case last night. I live in the area and it has always nagged at me.

    Here are some facts to consider:

    From 1950 to approx. 1960, Rodman's Neck was used by the US Army for barracks for soldiers at Fort Slocum. The Army raincoat scraps found with the child point to this possibly being the daughter of a soldier and his wife.

    Rodman's Neck is an isolated area that I did not even know was there, despite many trips to City Island, where you have to pass by its entrance to access the City Island bridge. So whoever left the girl there knew the area.

    In 1957, Co-op City was not yet built. It was still a marshland, a former municipal landfill. Huge swath of land and very convenient for dumping a body. Freedomland was not built until 1959 - so anyone coming northbound on the Hutchinson River Parkway could have just left the body there, rather than search for Rodman's Neck.

    I believe in my heart that this little girl was the daughter of a soldier and his wife. It is the simplest explanation on why she was found with the Army coat scraps, in an Army area which was and still is isolated from most of the public.
     

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