2012-10-12 / Top Stories

Slay Focus Switches To Landlord

‘Psychiatrist’ Eludes City Cops
By Howard Schwach

On Wednesday morning, police outside the murder house. Sources say that detectives are looking for the owner of the Arverne by the Sea home. Photo by Howard Schwach On Wednesday morning, police outside the murder house. Sources say that detectives are looking for the owner of the Arverne by the Sea home. Photo by Howard Schwach New York City detectives are working hard to track down the whereabouts of Dr. Keith Howard, the man who owns the home at 65- 27 Seaspray Avenue in Arverne By The Sea, where Karla Shah Boguwalski, 39, was found dead from multiple stab wounds to her neck on October 2.

“The landlord is definitely a person of interest, and he remains unreachable,” a local police source said early this week.

Howard reportedly lives and practices in Florida and, according to neighbors, is “not around much.”

When he was around, the neighbors add, Howard would walk in on Boguwalski and her husband, causing friction between him and the couple.

The neighbors added that the couple had called police several times to report the landlord’s activity and that police had spoken with Howard by telephone, allegedly from Florida.

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

The same police sources say that Boguwalski’s husband is “fully cooperating with the investigation.”

It was her husband, whose name is being withheld by police, who called 911 on Tuesday to say that his wife had been missing since Sunday morning.

Officers responding to the call at about 1:20 p.m. 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.

Upon further investigation, sources say, the cops found a grisly scene in the bathroom. 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.

The murdered woman is an ESL teacher for the Beacon School program at PS 43 on Beach 29 Street in Edgemere.

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.”

Neighbors added 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 of last week 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.

This Wednesday, a spokesperson for the city’s chief medical examiner told The Wave that Boguwalski’s death has officially been declared a homicide and that the cause of death was confirmed as stab wounds to the neck.

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