Saturday, February 16, 2008



Kathryn Faughey's casket is carried from St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church in New York, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. The 56-year-old therapist was slain in her office just a short walk from the church where her funeral Mass was said. Police are still hunting for clues that might help identify the killer. From right is Faughey's husband, Walter Adam, and her best friend, Patricia Daly. The woman at left is unidentified. (AP Photo/Patrick McCarthey)

New York City psychologist Kathryn Faughey, left, was found dead in her Upper East Side office. The killer -- who police say may have used a meat cleaver to kill the doctor -- was sketched by authorities. (ABC/AP Photo)

Police Arrest Man in Therapist Killing
AP/ Posted: 2008-02-16 19:05:49
Filed Under:
Crime News, Nation News

NEW YORK (Feb. 16) - A Queens man with a history of mental problems was arrested Saturday in the vicious slaying of a psychologist attacked in her office with a meat cleaver, police said.

David Tarloff, 39, was taken into custody in the morning after investigators matched him with three palm prints found at the bloody crime scene, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Tarloff made statements incriminating himself during a 25-minute interrogation, Kelly said. The questioning stopped when he asked for a lawyer, and it wasn't clear later Saturday whether he had an attorney. Murder and attempted murder charges are pending, Kelly said.

Therapist Kathryn Faughey was slashed 15 times with the cleaver and a 9-inch knife in her Manhattan office Tuesday evening. A psychiatrist who worked in the building, Dr. Kent Shinbach, went to Faughey's aid and was badly injured.

During questioning, Tarloff said he had gone to the office because Shinbach had him institutionalized in 1991. He said he planned to rob the psychiatrist and leave the country with his mother, who lives in a nursing home, but until recently had lived with him in an apartment in Queens.


Sisters Betty and Margaret Feeney, who live below Tarloff, said they have known him his entire life. They described him as unstable but were shocked that he was accused in the slaying."I know he's crazy and everything," said Betty, 72. "I don't think that he's capable of doing something like that - of killing somebody. I really don't."

She said that Tarloff would come around asking for money but that she would not give it to him."

I would keep out of the elevator if I saw him. I was scared of him. I wouldn't go near where he would be," she said. "He used to make terrible noise above us. We had an awful time with him. He was tramping back and forth all hours of the night."


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