From NY Post: A convicted rapist killer who strangled a teen in 1981 and was suspected of cutting out the eyes out of an earlier victim has been arrested on a new rape charge, six years after he got out of jail.
Christopher “Crazy Chris” Aniades, 62, is being held on an attempted forcible rape charge after he allegedly attacked the victim, according to the city Department of Correction.
He’s being held at the Eric. M Taylor Center in Queens on first degree attempted rape, according to the city Department of Correction website.
His arrest on Aug. 2 was based on a warrant issued by the state’s Division of Parole.The NYPD and the state DOC said they couldn’t provide details on Aniades’ latest offense.
Aniades, who was released on Aug. 20, 2013 after spending more than 30 years in jail, became a poster boy of the violent 1980s in New York, when homicides routinely reached 2,000 a year.
He was sentenced to 25-years to life for abducting, raping and killing 19-year-old Doreen Vitale on Oct. 15 1981 as she waited for a bus in Ozone Park.He was just 23 at the time. The nude body of his victim, a bank worker, was found in the back of a stolen car the next day.
He confessed in the Vitale killing but later tried to have his conviction overturned, claiming police did not “scrupulously honor his right to remain silent.”
He also claimed the confession was fabricated.
A New York appeals court upheld the verdict in 1986, citing “the overwhelming evidence of the defendant’s guilt.”
Cops never charged him in the eye-gouge murder — the victim also had her throat slashed — but suspected him of other violent sexual assaults on women.
In 2013, the year after he got out, Aniades was featured in a Post story about a glut of ruthless murders and rapists from the crack epidemic era who were set to be sprung — and come back to the city.
The article prompted an opinion piece in Vice, in which columnist Bert Burykill railed, “I just didn’t know it was necessary to let murderers out of prison so soon. These guys are in their 50s.I feel like they could’ve spent another decade in prison, but maybe the state is smarter than me and even really disgusting people deserve a second chance.”
Last year, Aniades was also cited by death-penalty advocate James Thayer. “So from a utilitarian stance, it is more moral to utilize the death penalty, and take the chance of executing roughly 120 innocent people every 30 years, than to not employ it and take the chance of murdering roughly 30,000 people in the same timespan,” he wrote.
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