A Twist in the Murder of a 97-Year-Old Man: He Was Knifed 5 Decades Ago

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
February 15 2015

From the New York Times

…Out of nowhere, Mr. Ciccarello felt a blow to the back, his daughter Mary Paloglou said, recalling the story she had heard through the years. He hurried from the attacker toward an uptown train, but the pain spread fast. He touched the throbbing spot. A slice through his coat. A bloom of blood.

Mr. Ciccarello went to the hospital but never filed a police report, and the stabbing, sometime in the late 1950s, became family lore, a small part of its Italian immigrant story….

…when he died in September … detectives opened a murder investigation…

…But in that tradition of so-called reclassified homicides, Mr. Ciccarello’s appeared to be the oldest ever recorded by the city, officials said. There were roughly 55 years between the attack, believed to have taken place in 1958 or 1959, and his death…

…For medical examiners, if a death can be linked to an attack, neither the age of the victim nor the time lapsed matters. Of the 11 other murders from 2014 that stemmed from an earlier assault, the second oldest was of a man who died of complications from a gunshot wound in 1989.

Last year, a medical examiner in Virginia attributed the death of James Brady, who was injured during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, to the gunshot wound to his head and its consequences, including partial paralysis. Mr. Brady, a former White House press secretary, was 73. (Federal authorities have since said they would not pursue murder charges against the gunman, John W. Hinckley Jr., who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in Mr. Reagan’s shooting).

Under normal circumstances, a 97-year-old’s body would not end up in a morgue. But after Mr. Ciccarello died at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, his body was sent to the medical examiner because his hospital records included references to the stab wound.

Mr. Ciccarello died from complications of a bowel obstruction “due to ventral hernias due to remote exploratory laparotomy for treatment of stab wound of torso,” his death certificate says. In other words, the operation Mr. Ciccarello received to save his life decades ago eventually led to a fatal obstruction.

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[Ventura County, California criminal defense lawyer and State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist Jay Leiderman provides defense of all crimes in state and federal courts. He is well-known for handling all drug cases, especially those involving search and seizure and medical marijuana cases, as well as cases involving serious violence, murder and manslaughter, cases involving life sentences, and all computer cases, including those involving the CFAA and oppression leveled against activists and hacktivists. He fights all types of cases involving the digital revolution, civil rights, political dissent, emerging tech issues in the courts, piracy, Search and seizure issues, freedom on the internet, spying, fighting against unjust systems, governmental and prosecutorial overreach, medical marijuana, and overall injustice. Jay fights for the underdog, and delivers a successful defense. Jay is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. He wrote the first-ever defense of medical marijuana cases book in California. Jay is pro-privacy for the individual and believes in transparency for the state and large corporations. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), The California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA) and is also a lifetime member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ). He is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts.]

One thought on “A Twist in the Murder of a 97-Year-Old Man: He Was Knifed 5 Decades Ago

  1. I would like to point out that Kyle Kraska, a member of the rich class in San Diego, had a gun emptied into him, no doubt since he felt that he was able to cheat a local tradesman. He was shot ten times. We do not know why. The guy who shot him’s nuts? No, but if you were to point it out to them, they’d send the police to detain you. They do not believe in free speech. That’s how they are able to rob. No police have been shot since theis corrupt department robbed me. I warn you. They are a gang of thug murderers, SDPD is. It is so corrupt nobody just shoots somebody, they absolutely massacre all they can. It’s a police state!
    Fuck Kyle Kreska! What law did he break?

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