Back in 1992 a city worker found body parts in a bag in South Jersey. First a bag containing a human head was found. After further investigation a bag containing arms and torso. Then a third bag containing legs was discovered. Then 10 months later more bags were discovered almost 60km away containing another body. The 2 victims inside the bags both had 1 thing in common. They were both homosexuals.
By the end of 1993 2 more bags containing gay men were also discovered at this time police knew they had the work of a serial killer. Although at this time they had little clues as to who the culprit was. They suspected he was a white male age 25-45 and possibly had training in the medical field as the bodies were dismembered by someone who had knowledge in that field. All they had were faint fingerprints on some of the bags which were hard to identify. Until 1999 when police in New Jersey got a call from one of the victims wives. This made police decide to reopen up the case and send the bags with prints to Toronto. There they had a new technique to better identify fingerprints.
They sent the prints out to other authorities across the country and got a hit from Maine. The prints belonged to a Richard Rogers.
Richard Rogers: Rogers was dubbed “The last call killer”. Rogers was the oldest of 5 children and raised in Massachusetts and Florida. He was a graduate from the University of Maine. Back in 1973 he killed his roommate Fredrik Spencer with a hammer. He claimed self defence and was aquitted of the charges.
At the time of Rogers arrest he was employed as a nurse at Mount Sanai Medical Center and had been living in Staten Island.
Thomas Muchaly: 57 his dismembered body was found July 10th, 1992 in a rest area in New Jersey. He was a married computer salesman and a father of 4. He died from 3 stab wounds to the back. Mulchaly was a bisexual man from Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Anthony E Marrero: 44 Worked at a bus terminal and was a known male prostitute. His dismembered body was found along a dirt road. He died from 6 stab wounds to the back.
Peter S Anderson: 54 an investment banker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rogers was not charged with this murder
Michael Sakara: 55 was a law journal typesetter from New York City. His dismembered remains were discovered in Haverstraw, New York on July 31st, 1993. Rogers was spotted with Sakara on the night of June 30th, 1993 in a gay piano bar in New York City. Rogers was a suspect in this murder but never charged.
Matthew Jon Pierro: 21 Pierro’s body was found in Florida in 1982. Rogers is a suspect in his murder as a bite mark found on his neck matches the teeth imprints of Rogers. He was strangled and stabbed.
Sentencing: Richard Rogers was found guilty in the murders of Muchaly and Marrero. On January 27th, 2006 Rogers (55) was sentenced to 2 30 years to life. The maximum in the state of New Jersey. He was charged in New Jersey as the bodies were found there. He will have to serve a maximum of 65 years before he is eligible for parole.