NY NY - ROBERT SPAHALSKI, Rochester, 1990-2005

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A day after police announced that a Rochester man was under investigation for multiple slayings, the families of some local homicide victims began to wonder Thursday about possible connections to their loved ones' deaths.

    Ethel Dix, whose daughter Damita Gibson, 21, was found strangled and stabbed in 1991, said she immediately recognized Robert Bruce Spahalski when she saw his picture in the newspaper and on the TV news Wednesday.

    Spahalski, 50, was charged with second-degree murder on Wednesday for the slaying of a Rochester woman a week ago, and for the 1991 bludgeoning death of a man in Webster. He had walked up to the front desk at Rochester police headquarters Tuesday and said he had killed someone.

    Spahalski also admitted his involvement in two other city homicides, Acting Police Chief Cedric Alexander said, though he would provide no details. Alexander said law enforcement officials were exploring Spahalski's possible involvement in still more unsolved crimes, in Rochester and elsewhere.

    "It piqued my interest when I saw that. I just told my husband, I'm going to call the police tomorrow to see," said Rita Jones of Rochester, whose sister, Hortence Greatheart, 45, was found strangled in her apartment at 345 Lake Ave. in January 2003. Spahalski lived in the same apartment building at several points, according to publicly available records, most recently in late 2004. It was not clear Thursday if he lived there at the time Greatheart was killed.

    Jones also noted that the heat had been turned "all the way, to the maximum" in her sister's apartment. That rang a bell as well — in a signed statement Spahalski gave police on Tuesday, he said he turned up the heat in his Webster victim's home to speed decomposition and "throw the police off."

    Victoria Jobson, 30, disappeared from her apartment at 512 Lake Ave. in October 1992. Spahalski lived in that building at the time.

    Jobson's nude body was found nearly two months later in a grassy area off Lyell Avenue; police said she had been stabbed to death much earlier, and her body was moved there.

    Another woman, 24-year-old Moraine Armstrong, was found strangled to death in her apartment on Dec. 31, 1990. Armstrong lived at 509 Lake Ave., across the street from Spahalski's apartment building. Armstrong's mother, Dorothy Hickman, said Thursday that she, too, had noted the news stories about Spahalski but hadn't connected him to her daughter's case because police initially said they were looking only 10 years in the past. Hickman said she had heard "nothing at all" from police since Spahalski's arrest.

    Damita Gibson, Dix's daughter, lived off West Main Street at that time, though her body was found, in January 1991, behind a building on Jay Street.

    Dix said she first took note of the man she believes was Spahalski when she saw him talking to her daughter at a convenience store on West Main Street. A few days later, he came by their house on King Street looking for a friend of Damita. When Dix asked Damita how she knew the man, her daughter said they had a mutual female friend.

    http://www.rochesterdandc.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051111/NEWS01/511110395
     
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    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A 51-year-old man suspected of strangling a female neighbor in November and bludgeoning a suburban businessman in 1991 was charged Tuesday with those slayings as well as the strangling of two other women in the early 1990s.

    Robert Spahalski, whose twin brother was imprisoned for murder in 1971, walked into a police station two months ago and confessed to killing Vivian Irizarry, 54, who resided in an adjoining apartment, and Charles Grande, 40, a landscape company owner beaten to death with a hammer in the suburb of Webster in October 1991.

    Irizarry's decomposing body was found soon afterward in the basement of a four-apartment house in the city where Spahalski lived.

    Police also have been looking into Spahalski's possible involvement in several other killings dating back to the early 1990s, prosecutor Ken Hyland said. "All I can say is these are the cases ... we feel we can prove," said Hyland, who declined to discuss possible motives behind the four slayings.

    Spahalski was initially reluctant to confess to those two additional killings because "he didn't want to be labeled a serial killer," investigators said, adding that they persuaded him to talk by telling him "that the families of victims need closure to help them heal from their loss."
    http://www.syracuse.com/newsflash/national/index.ssf?/base/news-15/1136315657268960.xml&storylist=ny
     
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    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    Word came Tuesday that there are additional charges of murder against Robert Spahalski, the man Rochester police believe could be responsible for several unsolved crimes, the first dating back to 1990.

    The new indictment was unsealed Tuesday in Monroe County court. Robert Spahalski is now charged in two more deaths, which brings the total to four and police aren't closing the door on the possibility of even more charges.

    Spahalski pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday. In total, he's charged with five counts of second-degree murder. Based on the current charges, if convicted on all counts, he could spend 100 years to life in prison.
    http://www.wroctv.com/news/story.asp?id=21194&r=l

    "I thought I was the only murderer in the family," said Stephen Spahalski, remembering the day last month when an Attica correction officer showed him a newspaper article stating his twin had confessed to four Rochester-area slayings over nearly 15 years.

    The Spahalskis are Elmira natives.

    Robert Spahalski has been charged in connection with two slayings, and an investigation is under way to determine whether he could be responsible for those and other unsolved homicides.
    http://www.stargazettenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051215/NEWS01/512150335

    Killer Twins
    Two men who are identical twins also share lives of crime.

    One is in the NYS Attica Correctional Facility for murder and police say, the other is a possible serial killer, responsible for as many as four homicides in the Rochester area.

    Police have been watching Robert Spahalski for years, but were unable to connect him to the homicides.

    Robert's brother Stephen Spahalski's crimes of murder and kidnapping had consequences. Since age 17, he has lived in Attica among the state's hardest criminals.
    http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=496D267A-5E5E-42F4-BECD-348D286DFDB3

    Mirror images reflect lives of violence
    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051215/NEWS01/512150358/1002/NEWS
     
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