Deadly duo behind Long Island woman's decapitation allegedly prayed to an 'alligator god' before arrest: ドクター

そうだった 2007 when officials made the gruesome discovery in a canal along Alligator Alley. It wouldn’t be until more than a decade later when investigators learned what really happened to the victim.

The case is being explored in the Oxygen ドキュメンタリーFlorida Man Murders,” which focuses on bizarre, horrific crimes in the Sunshine State. It features interviews with investigators, as well as loved ones.

Champagne told Fox News that while the Everglades is a popular tourist attraction, it has become a notable dumping ground.

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The Everglades played a crucial role in the 'Alligator God' episode of Oxygen's 'Florida Man Murders.'

The Everglades played a crucial role in the ‘Alligator Godepisode of Oxygen’s ‘Florida Man Murders.(Oxygen)

Anyone in Florida knows that the Everglades is a very harsh environment,” said Champagne. “I’ve often said before that the Everglades holds several secrets. It’s not unusual for us to work homicide investigations that ultimately end up in the Everglades.

Florida has had its share of notorious murderers. Ted Bundy’s crime spree came to an end in 1989 when he met the state’s electric chair, nicknamedold sparky,” 年齢で 42. Aileen Wuornos, who killed six men along central Florida highways while working as a prostitute, became the 10th woman executed in the United States in 2002 年齢で 46.

それでも, Champagne didn’t believe the decapitation was the work of a serial killer.

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Major Scott Champagne detailed how he was able to help identify Lorraine Hatzakorzian in her murder.

Major Scott Champagne detailed how he was able to help identify Lorraine Hatzakorzian in her murder. (Oxyhen)

We always hold that in the back of our minds, but this particular case didn’t necessarily stand out with regards to serial killers,” 彼が説明しました. “The focus was more-so on being able to identify the victim at the time. … It just wasn’t our first thought. Our focus was trying to identify the victim and move forward from there.

Investigators had a few clues. Alligators are frequently found in the area, but the head had no bite marks, インクルード Sun-Sentinel 報告. アウトレットによると, the bloodied plastic shopping bag that once held the head was still at the scene. It came from Waldbaum’s, a supermarket chain located only in New York. Police then took their search up north.

The outlet noted that more than three months passed from the discovery to the identification of the remains.

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A plastic bag from New York led police up north where they made another shocking discovery.

A plastic bag from New York led police up north where they made another shocking discovery. (Oxygen)

It was huge,” said Champagne. “Any homicide investigator will tell you that one of the first things is knowing your victim, understanding the victim. In a majority of homicide investigations, the victim had known their assailant. It’s not unusual. So for us to be able to finally identify the victim months later allowed us to get the ball rolling on the investigation. We went full steam ahead at that point.

4月中 2007, Lorraine Hatzakorzian of Mastic, ニューヨーク, disappeared. The 41-year-old’s mother told authorities she had seen her daughter leave New York with two men. The missing woman picked up a money order on April 16 from a Waldbaum’s on Long Island, 警察は言った.

Investigators said they zeroed in on Paul Bryan Trucchio and Robert Mackey, who lived together in Port Orange, フロリダ, after a roommate alleged they bragged about murdering a woman and dumping her body parts, インクルード New York Daily News reported. A Suffolk County police report stated Hatzakorzian was last seen leaving her home in the company of Trucchio and Mackey.

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In the documentary, Lorraine Hatzakorzian, of Mastic, N.Y. was described as a beloved member of her community.

In the documentary, Lorraine Hatzakorzian, of Mastic, N.Y. was described as a beloved member of her community. (Oxygen)

アウトレットによると, Douglas Stein told police that Trucchio, 33, and Mackey, 39, had taken a New York license plate off a blue pickup truck registered to Hatzakorzian. Stein also told authorities he recalled seeing the pair cleaning the truck with bleach and muriatic acid.

A background check found that Trucchio and Mackey had been stopped in Hatazkorzian’s 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup on May 1 for traffic citations.

The outlet also noted that Trucchio and Mackey were in the Volusia County jail on unrelated charges at the time. An unidentified inmate claimed to authorities that the men provided him details of the crime, including specifics that weren’t released to the press that also matched the evidence.

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Lorraine Hatzakorzian's loved ones spoke out in the documentary.

Lorraine Hatzakorzian’s loved ones spoke out in the documentary. (Oxygen)

In the documentary, Hatzakorzian’s grieving family credited Champagne and the investigation team for working tirelessly over the years.

Investigators will often say that we speak for those who can’t speak for themselves,” said Champagne. “We become the victim’s voice. I spent a lot of time with Lori’s family over the course of this investigation, which lasted several years. Some of those conversations were intelligence-gathering for the investigators. Other parts of those conversations were reassurance to the family that we would get the job done.

But the case only got stranger. The documentary revealed that witnesses testified that both Trucchio and Mackey allegedly prayed to analligator god,” or a small statue outside a Port Orange motel where they were staying at the time. The witnesses alleged that the men hoped evidence would be consumed by nearby alligators as they rubbed the sculpture’s head, インクルード Sun-Sentinel 報告.

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Robert Mackey

Robert Mackey (Oxygen)

Champagne described Trucchio and Mackey asstone-cold killers.

The final hours of Lori’s life were violent,” 彼は言った. “This was a violent, heinous act committed against her. In circumstances like this, you want to say that the victim didn’t suffer. But I’m not sure this is the case with this particular investigation based on what we know. 容疑者, この場合, had more than enough opportunity [to stop] and they failed to do so. 代わりに, they took it a step further and dismembered her.

に 2007, Trucchio and Mackey were charged with grand theft and first-degree murder. に 2013, Mackey was sentenced to 30 刑務所での年, インクルード Sun-Sentinel 報告. アウトレットによると, a Broward jury determined that Mackey may not have been involved in Hatzakorzian’s murder, but he did help Trucchio cover up the crime for months. Mackey was convicted of accessory after the fact.

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Paul Trucchio

Paul Trucchio (Oxygen)

A year earlier, Trucchio was also sentenced to 30 years after pleading no contest to second-degree murder.

Both men have maintained their innocence.

It is believed that Hatzakorzian had a disagreement with the men. It appeared that she was bound, beaten unconscious and dismembered. The suspects allegedly disposed of her body parts as they made their way to Florida.

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The rest of Lorraine Hatzakorzian's remains have never been found.

The rest of Lorraine Hatzakorzian’s remains have never been found. (Oxygen)

They were familiar with each other,” said Champagne. “They were associates, whether it be through hanging out or that there was some indication that maybe Lori had assisted them on a few jobs related to [Mackey’s] tree trimming business. There were also some implications that there may have been some involvement between her and Paul Trucchio, but of course, that has never been confirmed.

This whole incident was initiated because Robert Mackey wanted to travel down to Florida to visit his ailing mother at the time,” 彼は続けた. “So they had every intention of coming down to Florida prior to the murder. It was Lori’s hesitation or reservation about going to Florida with them utilizing her truck that caused the violent act and ultimately her murder. She was ultimately murdered and dismembered in an effort to cover up the initial assault.

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Lorraine Hatzakorzian's murder still has several unanswered questions decades later.

Lorraine Hatzakorzian’s murder still has several unanswered questions decades later. (Oxygen)

The documentary revealed that at one point, Champagne attempted to speak with Trucchio to find out where the rest of Hatzakorzian’s remains could be found. しかしながら, the interaction only lasted about 10 分.

Trucchio played many games,” said Champagne.

The case still raises questions decades later. しかしながら, Champagne hopes the documentary will show viewers how determined homicide investigators are to ensure justice is served, no matter how long it takes.

Major Scott Champagne said he still hopes to give Lorraine Hatzakorzian's family closure.

Major Scott Champagne said he still hopes to give Lorraine Hatzakorzian’s family closure. (Oxygen)

This case is now going on 14 年,” said Champagne. “I still remain committed to returning Lori’s remains to her family to give them some level of closure. Even though we gave them a little bit of closure, I still remain committed to returning the rest of Lori home back to Long Island. I’d like to be optimistic that that could happen one day, but that really falls upon those responsible for her murder. And they are Paul Trucchio and Robert Mackey.

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