Carmello DeJesus


Carmello DeJesus

Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 4
Date of murders: 1971 - 1973
Date of birth: 1934
Victims profile: Octavia Ford, 42 / Sandra Postell, 30 / Milagro Tena (No details were provided on the fourth murder, which remains a mystery)
Method of murder: Shooting / Stabbing with knife
Location: New York/New Jersey/Florida, USA
Status: Committed suicide by shooting himself on September 8, 1973 (left written confession)

On September 8, 1973, two boys reported discovery of a man's corpse, Iying in a field at Perinton, New York, near Rochester.

The victim was identified as Carmello DeJesus, age 39, and a coroner's report described the cause of death as suicide, a single gunshot through one lung.

A Spanish Bible was discovered near the body, with a note inside. It read: "I have killed four persons and I don't want to kill anyone else. That's why I want to end my life."

Three victims were named in the note, including: Octavia Ford, 42, shot in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on September 17, 1971; Sandra Postell, 30, murdered at a cheap motel in Palm Beach County, Florida, on January 5, 1973; and Milagro Tena, stabbed to death in Camden, New Jersey, on September 2, 1973.

No details were provided on the fourth murder, which remains a mystery.


MO: Stabbed/shot women in three states.

DISPOSITION: Suicide in N.Y., Sept. 8, 1973; left written confession.