“Headless Body in Topless Bar,” the New York Post‘s April 15, 1983 front page headline, is regarded as a work of headline-writing art.
After drinking heavily at a club called Herbie’s Bar in Jamaica, Charles Dingle, 23, shot the owner in the head.
Drunk and high on coke, he took four women hostage, raping one and robbing the bar manager.
In her purse he found a card indicating that she was a mortician.
Hoping to avoid being tied to the murder, he forced her to dig the bullet out of the owner’s head. That didn’t work. So he made her decapitate him with a steak knife.
Dingle later hijacked a gypsy cab, took two hostages with him plus the severed head, and drove to Broadway and 168th Street, where he passed out and was arrested.
Convicted of murder, rape, and robbery, Dingle got 25 years to life. His next parole hearing: 2011.