NY YONKERS JANE DOE: WF, 28-42, found in trash bin at small shopping center in Yonkers, NY - 27 June 1992 - butterfly tattoo


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1216UFNY - Unidentified Female
Reconstruction of the victim by Carl Koppelman; original sketch; victim's tattoo. To view postmortem photos of the victim please click here and here .

Date of Discovery: June 27, 1992
Location of Discovery: Yonkers, Westchester County, New York
Estimated Date of Death: 1 day
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 28-42 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 115 to 140 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Tattoo of a butterfly on her right shoulder. Two Caesarean section scars, one vertical and other transverse. Scar on midportion of left thigh. Pierced ears. Toes on left foot have bright red nail polish. Unknown if right toenails and fingernails were painted.

Dentals: Available.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Short sleeved light blue jean jacket. White bra, size 32A.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery
The victim's dismembered body was found in a trash bin at a small shopping center about a block from the New York Thruway. Both her arms and one leg had been removed.

She is one of five victims of Robert Shulman. Three of the victims were identified, while another, remains unidentified.

Shulman, a 42-year-old postal worker, would pick up prostitutes, get high on crack, have sex, and then bludgeon and dismember his victims. He would then dispose of their body parts in garbage bins throughout Long Island and Yonkers. He was active from 1991 to 1995. He was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was later changed to life without parole. He died in prison in 2006.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Elayne Schwartz
Agency Phone Number: 914-231-1600 or 914-231-4405
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: MEW1992-1396

Agency Name: Suffolk County Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 914-377-7725
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 15480

Information Source(s)
Murderpedia - Robert Yale Shulman
Westchester News
Caselaw - NY Cases Archive

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This unidentified woman was a victim of serial killer Robert Shulman of Hicksville, Long Island. Yonkers Jane Doe was found in a dumpster behind I Love NY Pizza at 1288 Midland Avenue, Yonkers, NY on June 27, 1992.

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Robert Shulman (March 28, 1954 – April 13, 2006) was an American serial killer. Shulman, a postal worker from Hicksville, New York on Long Island, was convicted of murdering five prostitutes between 1991 and 1996, the year when he was arrested

Shulman was ultimately convicted of five murders.
Lori Vasquez, killed August 1991.[1]
Unidentified woman, killed June 1992, body dumped in Yonkers.[1]
Unidentified woman ("Jane Doe Medford"), found 7 December 1994 in Medford. Beaten and dismembered.[2]
Lisa Ann Warner, found 6 April 1995 in Brooklyn, New York. Beaten and dismembered.[2]
Kelly Sue Bunting (aka "Melani"), last seen 8 December 1995, found in Brooklyn. Hands amputated; found wrapped in a sleeping bag.

Robert Shulman

YONKERS JANE DOE: WF, 30-35, found in Westchester County, NY - 27 June 1992 *GRAPHIC* QPUagOz

Born March 28, 1954
Died April 13, 2006 (aged 52)
Cause of death Natural causes
Criminal penalty Death, commuted to Life imprisonment
Victims 5
Span of killings
Country U.S.
State(s) New York
Date apprehended
April 6, 1996

Looking for the murder site, a detective canvassing hotels heard about a man driving a blue Cadillac who cruised the area. Trying to track the man down with this information, women were located who led them, not to a hotel, but to a residence where a blue Cadillac was seen. The registration was obtained, and the car was registered to Shulman's brother. Trying to get information about the sleeping bag in which Bunting was found, detectives learned Sears was the only manufacturer. Sears was contacted to see if the brother had purchased one with a credit card. Sears said the brother had no card, but pointed out that Shulman had a card. This was how police were initially pointed towards Shulman as a possible culprit. Women later identified him as the man cruising in the Cadillac, and cadaver dogs signaled the possibility of dead remains having been present in the Cadillac. Police searched Shulman's work place and found trace evidence matching that found on the body. Shulman was arrested on 6 April 1996. After interrogation, Shulman confessed to the three murders. (Shulman confessed to the earliest two murders at a later date.) A search of his room revealed hundreds of bloodstains scattered over almost every surface

Shulman was sentenced to death in 1999 for the only murder he committed after New York State reinstated the death penalty in 1995. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for his other murders because New York's death penalty law was not in effect at the time he committed them. His sentence was reduced to life in prison after the New York State Court of Appeals invalidated the death penalty in 2004.[1]

He died 13 April 2006 in Albany, New York of undisclosed causes.[3]

Shulman's brother Barry was indicted on charges of hindering prosecution and unlawfully disposing of dead bodies.


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Recon by Carl Koppelman

Yonkers Jane Doe was a victim of serial killer Robert Shulman, of Hicksville, Long Island. Shulman admitted to picking up prostitutes in the area of Jamaica Avenue & 201st Street in Hollis, Queens, taking them back to his apartment at 11 Glow Lane in Hicksville to smoke crack and have them perform oral sex on him, after which he would beat them to death and dismember them.


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Crime Scene: No ID for serial killer's '92 victim

Jane Lerner , jlerner@lohud.comPublished 11:56 a.m. ET June 2, 2015

A convicted serial killer confessed to killing a woman and dumping her body in the trash behind a Yonkers pizza restaurant, but even now, 23 years later, police do not know her identity


Most unsolved murders involve a victim and an unknown killer, but this Yonkers cold case involves an unknown victim and a confessed killer.

The dismembered parts of a woman who has never been identified were found in a trash bin behind a pizzeria on Midland Ave. in 1992.

It would take years before investigators linked the body to Robert Shulman, a Long Island postal worker who was arrested in 1996 and convicted of being a serial killer.

Shulman admitted picking up prostitutes in New York City, taking them to his Long Island apartment for sex and drugs, then beating them to death and cutting up their bodies.

He was convicted of killing three prostitutes in Suffolk County in 1994 and 1995.

Shulman also admitted to killing two women and dumping them in Yonkers in 1991 and 1992 at the beginning of his killing spree.

The first Westchester victim was identified as Lori Vasquez, 24, of Brooklyn, whose remains were found Aug. 31, 1991, stuffed into a plastic trash can near a house at 6 Belknap Ave.

The second woman was found June 27, 1992, in a plastic can placed in a trash bin behind the I Luv New York Pizza parlor at 1288 Midland Ave.

Even now, nearly 23 years later, investigators have no idea who she is.

"There could be a family out there looking for her, waiting for her to come home," said Yonkers police Detective John Geiss. "We would love to identify her."

The investigation

The woman's arms and part of one leg were severed and never located — making it impossible for investigators to check her fingerprints.

Police think the woman was white or possibly Hispanic, in her late 20s or early 30s. She had dark hair.

She had a tattoo of a green butterfly on her right rear shoulder.

Shulman was found guilty of killing three women in Suffolk and was sentenced to death in 1999.

A year later, he went on trial in Westchester in the two Yonkers cases, including the unidentified woman. Then-Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro said her office pursued the local cases, which were too old to qualify for capital punishment, in part because Shulman was appealing his Long Island convictions.

On the second day of his trial in Westchester, Shulman admitted to killing the two women whose bodies were dumped in Yonkers.

He made the admission to spare his younger brother, Barry Shulman, additional punishment for helping dump Vasquez's body.

Barry Shulman was given a two-year sentence for pleading guilty in Suffolk to helping his brother dump the bodies of two victims. When his brother pleaded guilty in Westchester, Barry Shulman pleaded guilty to the disposal of Vasquez's body in Yonkers. He was given a two-year prison term to run at the same time as the Long Island sentence.

Westchester prosecutors said a pre-sentence report on Robert Shulman showed he had no remorse for his crimes.

A Westchester State Supreme Court justice told Shulman his prison sentence of 25 years to life "means that you won't be able to walk on the streets again.

"You have caused irreparable damage to numerous families and numerous individuals," the judge said. "You have served as judge, jury and executioner. "

Shulman's death penalty sentence for the Long Island homicides was later changed to life in prison without parole when New York's death penalty was overturned in 2004.

He died in prison of natural causes in April 2006 — 10 years after his arrest and nearly 14 years after the body of a woman still known as Jane Doe was found in the trash behind a Yonkers restaurant.


Whom to call

Yonkers police ask anyone who thinks they might know the identity of serial killer Robert Shulman's victim who was found in Yonkers to contact them at 914-377-7900.

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