Serial killer, 83, watched in case of dismembered body found in New York

An 83-year-old serial killer who spent most of her life behind bars for killing two ex-girlfriends is now being watched in the murder of another woman whose dismembered body ended up in Brooklyn the week latest, The Post has learned.

Harvey Marcelinwho identifies as a transgender woman, was charged last week with concealing a human corpse after she was caught on surveillance video dumping human remains near her apartment, sources and court records say .

A search warrant revealed “a human head” in Marcelin’s Cypress Hills home, according to a criminal complaint, and sources said cops also recovered power saws she purchased from Home Depot.

The gruesome case unfolded last week when the torso belonging to Susan Layden, 68, was found in an abandoned shopping cart on the corner of Pennsylvania and Atlantic avenues – less than a block from the apartment of Marcelin, sources said.

Harvey Marcelin is currently being held without bond at Riker’s Island.

A few days later, Layden’s leg was discovered a few blocks north, sources said, adding that his arm was still missing.

The twice-convicted killer could now face new murder charges in Layden’s death, authorities said – adding to his already troubling criminal past.

The octogenarian spent more than 50 years in state prison for murder and manslaughter dating back to 1963, according to state prison records.

The rap stemmed from the April 18, 1963 shooting death of his girlfriend, Jacqueline Bonds, inside the couple’s Manhattan apartment, sources say.

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Marcelin used a .32 caliber revolver and shot Jacqueline Bonds in the hallway of their apartment in 1963.
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Marcelin broke down, shooting Bond three times when she said she was leaving her, sources said.

Marcelin was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison the same year, but was released on parole for life in May 1984, according to state prison records.

The killer had been free for less than a year when she was re-arrested for fatally stabbing another resident girlfriend – stuffing her body in a bag she had thrown on the street near Central Park, sources say and court records.

She was convicted of first degree manslaughter in this case in 1986 and sentenced to 6 to 12 years in prison.

Marcelin has been repeatedly denied parole, sources said, and admitted at a hearing that she had “a problem with women”.

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Marcelin could face murder charges in Layden’s death, authorities said.
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NYPD officers investigate the crime scene.
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The case is still under investigation.
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She was released from Cayuga Correctional Center in the upstate in late 2019, records show.

In Marcelin’s latest alleged murder, Layden was seen on surveillance video entering Marcelin’s apartment on Pennsylvania Avenue on Feb. 27 carrying “a multicolored bag with a flower decal,” according to the criminal complaint.

That was the last time she was seen alive, prosecutors said.

Three days later, the camera allegedly captured Marcelin dragging the same bag out of his apartment building, according to the complaint.

The next day, “a human torso was discovered inside the bag,” the court document states.

“After CCTV review, original wife Jane Doe never leaves the residence.”

Marcelin is currently being held without bail at Riker’s Island and her next court appearance in Brooklyn Supreme Court is Thursday. Officials said she is not expected to appear in court.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said the case is still under investigation.

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