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Marty
February 18th, 2005, 09:10 PM
Body parts
in subway

Human arm, legs in bloody bag

BY PETE DONOHUE
and ALISON GENDAR
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

A blood-curdling scream pierced a dark Brooklyn subway tunnel early
yesterday when two transit workers found a bloody trash bag packed with
an arm and two legs.
The mystery only deepened when cops who rushed to the scene found a
second bag - full of bloody tools and drill bits.

"There was a foot protruding from one side," one of the shaken workers
told the Daily News, hours after spotting the severed limbs inside a
tunnel of the Nostrand Ave. station, near Fulton St.

"You could tell it was fresh," he said. "The blood on the roadbed was
still wet."

Cops matched the fingerprints from the hand to 19-year-old Rashawn
Brazell of Bushwick, who had a misdemeanor marijuana charge on his record.

Friends from his Gates Ave. neighborhood described him as an aspiring
singer who hoped to go to college. They said he recently worked in retail
clothing sales in Manhattan and sometimes designed his own garments.

The transit workers made the grisly discovery at 3 a.m., finding the
blue, blood-soaked bag tucked near the southbound tracks, about 450 feet
north of the A train platform at the Bedford-Stuyvesant station.

The transit workers were setting up lights for a cleaning crew when they
spotted a bare foot sticking out of the bag. The sight was so sickening
that the first worker who saw it started to scream hysterically.

"We didn't understand what he was saying," the other worker told The News.

"He was blurting, 'There's a leg! There's a leg!' At first, I thought
someone was under a train."

"At first when you looked at it, it didn't look real . . . But then under
the bag you could see a trail of blood," the worker added.

"People can be vicious."

Peering inside the bag, cops saw an arm and two legs. The legs had been
cut off below the hips.

The blue recycling bags were found shoved between the tracks and the
tunnel wall, near an emergency exit that leads to the street above.

The bag with the body parts was split on both sides along the seams
because of its heavy load. There were no signs that it had been dragged
along the trackbed, the worker said.

Cops later found the bloody tools and drill bits a few feet away, near
the northbound tracks.

Friends said Brazell, who lived with his mother and stepfather, had been
missing since Monday.

Jacqueline Perez, 20, described him as "the most upbeat, happy person
there was. He'd always wear something that turned your head and he always
want to know how everyone was. He was like a brother."

Joelle Washington, 20, could barely speak about the friend she's known
since kindergarten.

"I just hope they find all of him so he can rest in peace," she said
sadly.

MidnightRambler
February 24th, 2005, 10:32 AM
February 24, 2005
Worker Finds a Partial Torso in a Brooklyn Recycling Plant
By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

A badly decomposed partial human torso found yesterday in a Brooklyn recycling plant that handles trash from subways may be from the same man whose limbs were found last week in a subway tunnel three miles away, the police said.

The lower torso, with an upper thigh, was found about 10 a.m. by a worker at the Rapid Processing recycling plant at 860 Humboldt Avenue in Greenpoint, which processes trash that comes from the New York City Transit system, according to Nino Tristani, a official with the company.

Detectives suspect that the torso and limbs came from the same man because both sets of remains were in similar recycling bags, a police official said.

The limbs were found last Thursday by a track worker in a subway tunnel about 200 feet from the Nostrand Avenue stop on the A line.

Detectives investigating that case were able to identify the limbs - two legs and an arm - from fingerprints, and the police said last week that they were looking for a man with whom the victim, Rashawn Brazell, 19, had planned a tryst.

Yesterday, detectives were awaiting the results of DNA tests and the medical examiner's findings to link the two sets of remains, a police official said.

At the same time, New York City Transit officials were working with detectives in Brooklyn to follow the garbage back to its source and determine how the torso got to the recycling plant, said Paul J. Fleuranges, a transit spokesman.

Mr. Fleuranges said that trash was picked up from stations and elsewhere in the subway system by garbage trains and then dumped at four separate transit facilities, where it was picked up by BFI, a private contractor. BFI sorts it, and then trucks the recyclables, along with other material that does not come from New York City Transit, to Rapid Processing. He said it was possible that the torso had not come from the subway system.

"I have no way to determine, at this stage of the game, what refuse train picked up what garbage from what station and at what locations BFI then picked up that garbage from, and therefore I have no way of telling you at what point in the system - if it did come from the system - it came from," he said.

Mr. Tristani said the worker who was sorting through the trash and found the remains - which he described as the upper thigh and the lower part of the pelvis - called him over and he saw the body parts.

"I can't get it out of my head," Mr. Tristani said.

Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

TLOZ Link5
February 24th, 2005, 01:29 PM
Just goes to show, despite the fact that New York has gotten much safer, the shadows of the old city still lurk.

I'm terribly sad over what happened to this poor guy. May whoever did this to him be brought to justice swiftly.

Kris
February 26th, 2005, 11:00 AM
February 26, 2005

Body Was Cut Up Expertly, Police Say

By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

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Rashawn Brazell, 19, of Brooklyn, whose body parts have been found since Feb. 18 in a subway tunnel and at a recycling center.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/dropcap/d.gifetectives believe that whoever dismembered the body of a 19-year-old Brooklyn man whose limbs and torso were found in a subway tunnel and at a recycling plant cut him apart with precision and has some knowledge of anatomy, the police said yesterday.

The police also disclosed that a third set of remains - another piece of what they believe was the man's lower torso - was found late Thursday at the recycling plant in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn where a section of lower torso was recovered on Wednesday.

"The investigators believe that the cuts are clean, and it may have been done by someone with some medical knowledge, or certainly anatomical knowledge and the ability to do some sort of refined work," Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.

Mr. Kelly, who was asked about the case after a promotion ceremony at 1 Police Plaza, said detectives were awaiting the results of DNA tests to conclusively link the three sets of remains. But he said investigators believe that all the body parts came from one corpse: that of Rashawn Brazell, of Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Mr. Kelly said that no clothing had been found with any of the remains.

Mr. Brazell was last seen about 8 a.m. on Feb. 14, when family members said he told them he was going to get his taxes done. Four days later, a track worker walking in a subway tunnel about 3 a.m. found Mr. Brazell's legs and an arm in a blue plastic recycling bag about 200 feet from the Nostrand Avenue station on the A line. Those remains were identified through Mr. Brazell's fingerprints, the police said.

Detectives from the 79th Precinct, where the body parts were first found in the tunnel, and the Brooklyn North Homicide Task Force were investigating the possibility that Mr. Brazell might have met his killer on a telephone chat line, one police official said. They are reviewing his telephone records and also looking at computers he might have used, investigators said.

On Wednesday, the police said they were looking for a man with whom they were told Mr. Brazell had planned a tryst. But detectives found him, and he is not a suspect, the official said.

Mr. Kelly said investigators had not linked Mr. Brazell's slaying to any other killings, but had not ruled out the possibility, saying, "Obviously, it's something that we're investigating."

Detectives were also working to find out where Mr. Brazell had been killed, because evidence left there could possibly lead them to the killer.

"There is a crime scene somewhere, we just haven't found it yet," another police official said.

They were also looking into who would have had access to the subway tunnel where the first remains were found, an investigator said.

The recycling plant, Rapid Processing, at 860 Humboldt Street, handles recyclables that are mostly culled from subway system trash, the police and a recycling company official said. Detectives believe that the trash bags that wound up at the plant came from the subway, in part because of MetroCards found in the waste, a police official said.

Investigators believe that trash came from stations along the A line, but they have been unable to determine exactly where, an investigator said. The 32-mile route includes 35 stops and stretches from the northern tip of Manhattan to the Rockaways in Queens, passing through Brooklyn.

The two pieces of pelvis found Wednesday and Thursday were in heavy black plastic garbage bags, the official said. After the first discovery there Wednesday, officials stopped unloading trucks to search through all the trash in the facility, where the recyclables are sorted. After that process was completed Thursday afternoon, the first truck to be unloaded contained the bag with the second section of the lower pelvis, another police official said.

"It's a scary case," one of the officials said, adding of the killer, "He's a bad guy."

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bohemian rhapsody
March 8th, 2005, 01:54 AM
This is horrible. Any news on this lately?

PHLguy
March 8th, 2005, 04:30 PM
Ugh, disgusting. Killing someone is one thing, but chopping their body into little pieces for the poor guy in the subway tunnel to find is just beyond evil. A torso found in the recycling plant? RRgh!


Terrible news. I say a prayer for that family.

LeCom
March 8th, 2005, 07:43 PM
Wow, what a diagusting way to die and what an inhuman way to kill. There are still twisted monsters out there in the city. Scary.

PHLguy
March 9th, 2005, 02:44 PM
It turns out this guy was gay, could this have been a terrible hate crime?

Rem 311 JHF
June 3rd, 2005, 12:39 PM
And Some of us Wonder why so Many of Us are Moving Outta NY and Heading Towards The South or Out West(Which Isn't any Better)!!

TLOZ Link5
June 3rd, 2005, 04:41 PM
And Some of us Wonder why so Many of Us are Moving Outta NY and Heading Towards The South or Out West(Which Isn't any Better)!!

More of that has to do with climate and a cheaper cost of living. But when it comes to crime, many of the metro areas in the south and west that people move to, like Atlanta, Tampa, Phoenix, Vegas and LA, are much worse than New York.