Wylie (who had been sexually assaulted) and Hoffert were bound, naked, and each brutally stabbed dozens of times.
The horrific murders shook the city, especially the thousands of young “career girls”—as they were called in the 1960s—who came to New York to share apartments and find jobs.
For months, cops had no leads, until April 1964, when a 19-year-old Brooklyn resident named George Whitmore was arrested.
He finally emerged in October 1964. Heroin addict and convicted burglar Richard Robles, 20, who had grown up near the East 80s apartment where the three career girls lived, was charged in January 1965.
After a jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to life in prison, he told the judge he didn’t do it.
But during a parole hearing two decades later in 1986, Robles confessed to butchering the girls in a robbery-gone-wrong after Hoffert told him she was going to report him to the police. He was denied parole.
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