2008-02-22 / Letters

How Long To Solve A Murder?

Dear Editor,

What does it take for the New York City Police Department to solve a crime, more specifically, what does it take for the 101 Precinct to solve a crime. Granted the crime occurred some 20 years ago. To be exact, the crime was a homicide which occurred on April 15, 1987 at Beach 25 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The victim of this homicide was John Santiago, a life long resident of Far Rockaway and a former United States Marine. Santiago was murdered at approximately 6:00 p.m. after coming home from his job in Manhattan. Since it was the last day of tax season and Johnny had received his income tax check, he went into the store located across from the subway station, cashed his check and was on his way home. He never made it.

Johnny was accosted by two or three black males in what had been described as a white van. Johnny was shot in the chest and collapsed in the arms of a friend named Wayne. Johnny died later that evening in Peninsula Hospital. I know this story so well because for more than ten years, John Santiago and I were best friends, even closer then friends, we were like brothers, almost inseparable. My name is Steve Adams and I am also a former U.S. States Marine.

Over the years, I have contacted the Detective "assigned" to John's case and always got the same answer, NO NEW LEADS. How could there be if no one is investigating, even though at the time of his murder, leads led to his then girlfriend. Her name is Olga and she thought that Johnny, who had an insurance policy from his job, would get the money if he died... Surprise, she was not even a beneficiary on the policy; Johnny's young son got the money from that policy...

Again, I ask how long does it take to solve a murder in this city.


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