Man, 80, charged in 1973 killings of women in beach cottage

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An 80-year-old New York guy has actually been apprehended on charges that he eliminated 2 girls in a beach home almost half a century earlier in Virginia, cops stated Tuesday.

Ernest Broadnax was detained in New York City on Monday and deals with 2 counts of second-degree murder and one count of rape in Virginia Beach. The slayings happened in the summertime of 1973.

Virginia Beach cops did not state how they connected Broadnax to the killings. They stated their cold-case system started to pursue a “strong lead” in 2015 and looked for “innovative forensic innovation.”

Broadnax, who resides in New York City’s Queens district, is waiting to go through extradition in New York, cops stated. If he has a lawyer, it’s uncertain.

For years, the case haunted the seaside city in Virginia and the officers who released the examination.

Friends Janice Pietropola and Lynn Seethaler were from the Pittsburgh location and had actually leased a home about a block from the Atlantic Ocean.

Concerned when the 2 19-year-olds missed their checkout time, a staff member unlocked of their leased home, peered within and found their bodies.

Pietropola was shot 3 times in the best side of the head with a.22-caliber weapon. She likewise was raped and strangled.

Seethaler was shot two times in the best side of the head and face. Her neck was slashed with a bottle, and she likewise was strangled.

Every offered investigator was placed on the case. There were numerous interviews and countless communiques with cops somewhere else.

“We did whatever we could,” then-police Capt. William Haden informed The Associated Press in 1998. “We flew in the helicopter, we browsed roofs, we climbed up into manholes.”

During their week in Virginia, Seethaler and Pietropola satisfied numerous guys on the beach and had actually gone on dates. On 2 celebrations, they welcomed a few of their brand-new associates back to the home for beers.

The contents of the females’s bags had actually been disposed on the home flooring, however break-in never ever was thought about an intention.

Police didn’t understand if the killer understood the ladies, or if the victims were selected at random.

For Haden, the case ended up being individual. The criminal activity occurred on his 31st birthday, and he stated he felt as if the girls’s moms and dads had actually delegated their children to his care.

More than a years after the killings, Haden flew to Los Angeles to examine 2 suspects jailed on an unassociated criminal activity whose names had actually appeared in the Virginia Beach examination. He could not link them to the slayings.

“I have actually constantly described them as ‘my women,'” he stated in 1998. “I still do not understand why this case was so individual. There is no chance I can explain that to you.”

Virginia Beach cops stated in their declaration Tuesday that they never ever quit. The cold case system started “strongly investigating” a strong lead that was available in last fall.

They got aid from numerous police, varying from the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to systems within the New York Police Department.

“Their devotion and persistence settled,” Virginia Beach authorities stated.

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