Seven victims in two states
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.