2012-10-05 / Front Page

Mystery Deepens In ABTS Murder

Neighbors Say Cops Talking To Husband
By Howard Schwach

The murdered woman in a CBS 2 photo. The murdered woman in a CBS 2 photo. Police officers responding to a call for a missing woman on Tuesday afternoon in the newest section of Arverne by the Sea found the woman dead in the landlord’s bathroom on the second floor of the house in which she and her husband rented an apartment. Police say that she had multiple stab wounds to her neck.

According to police sources, a 100 Precinct patrol car was dispatched to 65- 27 Seaspray Avenue, one of the new streets created by the massive Arverne by the Sea development, at about 1:20 p.m. on October 2. The cops took a statement from the caller, the woman’s husband.

They were told by him that his wife was missing from home since Sunday.

Upon further investigation, sources say, the cops found a grisly scene in the bathroom, with Karla Shah Boguwalski, 39, dead from multiple stab wounds to her neck .

The cops reportedly found a blood trail leading to the bathroom from her adjacent apartment, an indication that she was killed somewhere else and dragged to the bathroom.

Responding EMS units declared the woman dead at the scene and her body was transported to the office of the chief medical examiner for an autopsy. The murdered woman was an ESL teacher for the Beacon School program at PS 43 on Beach 29 Street in Edgemere. A spokesperson said that grief counselors were sent to the school on Thursday.

Neighbors who were gathered outside the yellow tape that surrounded the home the next morning said that the recentlyconstructed home is owned by Dr. Keith Howard, who lives and practices in Florida and is “not around much.” They added that Howard owns five homes in the growing community but ABTS Developers say he only owns that one.

Police want to speak with Howard, whose attorney contacted police late on Wednesday.

Published reports on CBS-TV and elsewhere say that Howard is a psychiatrist who had fraudulent credentials and whose license was suspended in 1998.

Neighbors said that Boguwalski, who is Polish, and his wife, who was African-American, moved to Seaspray Avenue only a few months ago, but that he already had a reputation in the small community for being “erratic.” One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said that “everybody noticed him. One day we saw him pacing back and forth, screaming. It was hard not to notice him.”

The neighbor told reporters that Howard would often walk into his tenant’s apartment without warning, angering them, they say, and the couple called the police to complain several times.

Police said that they spoke with the husband by phone on the occasions when complaints were made and that they spoke by phone once with Howard who said he was in


The neighbor said that the police talked to the husband for some time on Tuesday after his wife’s body was removed, and they then placed him in a patrol car late on Tuesday afternoon, but that he was not handcuffed at the time.

The Daily News reported on Thursday that “[Police] went at the husband all night, and he didn’t give up anything.”

Local police sources said on Wednesday that detectives from the 100 Squad were “following up on very strong leads,” but declined to say whether or not the husband is a person of interest.

Local police sources did say, however, that no arrest was forthcoming and that the investigation might last a few days to a week.

Anybody with information on the homicide, the second of the year in the 100 Precinct, is urged to contact the precinct detective squad at 718-318-4266.

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