Seven vic­tims in two states

Real Crime - - Case Notes -

Ex- con­vict Dar­nell Collins had a huge drug habit and a mur­der­ous rage. He sat­is­fied both in bru­tal fash­ion, in a drug- fu­elled killing spree

drug ad­dict, stalker and ex- con­vict Dar­nell Collins was only 33 years old when he mur­dered seven peo­ple in New York and New Jer­sey in only five days. Collins later died in a shootout with a dozen po­lice of­fi­cers.

Collins was well- known lo­cally for his drug habit and for his ex­treme vi­o­lence while he was un­der the in­flu­ence – which he was more of­ten than not.

Collins started by mur­der­ing Shirley Gates, mother of his ex- girl­friend April. Not sat­is­fied, Collins then mur­dered April her­self for re­port­ing him for vi­o­lat­ing a re­strain­ing or­der. Wil­liam Daw­son, a New Jer­sey drug dealer, was next. His girl­friend Stacey Smith was also shot and crit­i­cally wounded in the same at­tack.

Collins con­tin­ued to strike at ran­dom, rob­bing and mur­der­ing as he went. With every cop in New Jer­sey look­ing for him he fled to fa­mil­iar ground – New York City.

Next on his trail of ter­ror was Jose Gabriel Es­car­petta, a New York City park­ing at­ten­dant. After flee­ing New Jer­sey Collins had noth­ing left to lose. Shot on the street at around 2pm, Jose was Collins’s first vic­tim in New York City. He wasn’t the last.

Collins mur­dered Jeffrey Roork and David Roth at 138 West 25th Street, shoot­ing both in the head for seem­ingly no rea­son. That same night cab driver Em­manuel Malan was shot in the back of the head, mak­ing him Collins’s fi­nal vic­tim, be­fore the NYPD caught up and shot him dead.

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