Dismembered body parts found in plastic bags inside fridge of Bronx apartment, police say

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New York City police are putting back together a man whose body parts were found in a refrigerator at a Bronx apartment and whose neighbors said that everyone knew he had been killed.

NYPD chief of detectives Joseph Kenny said police were tipped off to the presence of a dead body at the fourth-story apartment on Nostrand Avenue, and when they investigated on Monday at about 7:10 p.m., they found the body parts wrapped in black plastic.

The victim was identified as 39-year-old Kawsheen Gelzer. A woman who lives at the apartment was identified as 45-year-old Heather Stines, and her husband was identified as 45-year-old Nicholas McGee.

Neighbors told the New York Post that Gelzer went into the apartment in September and never came out, leading them to suspect that he had been murdered.

“Everybody in the building knew it,” said Dorothy Williams, a tenant of the apartment. “Everybody knew he went in there and never came back out. We all talked about it.”

Law enforcement sources told the Post that the victim was a sex offender with a long rap sheet. He had been convicted of molesting a 12-year-old boy in 2005 and had at least five other arrests, including an assault on a police officer.

Sources told the Post that Stines admitted to police that her husband killed Gelzer after an argument over a drug deal. She also reportedly told police that McGee was incarcerated in Virginia for allegedly trying to cash a fraudulent check.

Another neighbor told PIX-TV that Stines had often fought with other residents of the building.

A medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Tattoos reportedly found on the body parts matched with those known to be on Gelzer.

Stines was taken to Brookdale Hospital for psychiatric observation.

Here’s a local new report about the incident:

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