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Turns out, the “Son of Sal” killer, Salvatore Perrone was raised in Bensonhurst. He even had a business there. According to a New York Daily News story, locals knew his face and pegged him as a “weirdo,” but couldn’t believe that he was a killer.

“If people knew this lone-wolf wacko was out there whacking people he would have been stopped,” said a resident. “But this Perrone was an empty-suit nobody, a mouse that you knew just by his neighborhood face. You didn’t think he could kill time, never mind three people in cold blood.”

“For some reason, I knew his daughter was a cashier at a local supermarket,” another local said. “We went to the same barber. He wasn’t a ‘connected’ guy. Just a guy you’d see in the pork store or the bakery on 18th Ave. When I seen his face in the Daily News as the Son of Sal I could place him in the local cafés, sippin’ an espresso, always with a big fat long cigar, smoothin’ his thinning hair all the time. Heard he liked to gamble. Last thing you’re thinking is this guy is a serial killer outta some ‘Criminal Minds’ rerun.”

Another resident recalls that Perrone had a clothing store on 66th Street and 18th Avenue.

“He always tried to pressure me and my mother into buying two sweaters, two pairs of slacks,” she said. “An in-your-face weirdo. Too annoying to do business with. That’s why his store went out of business. Probably why he had problems with other store owners. It didn’t surprise me at all when I found out the killer was him. He was nuts. But my mom goes to those K of C dances. Wait’ll I tell her this Perrone nut went there too.”

The K of C dances are the singles dances held at the John Hughes Knights of Columbus, on 13th Avenue and 86th Street, and another resident remembers him going to those as well.

As more information comes forward about the instability of the killer, police are still no closer to understanding his mindset when shooting the three innocent store owners and family men.

Aron with defense attorneys. Source:

According to Levi Aron, Leiby Kletzky asked him for directions. This set off a horrific chain of events that led to the young boy’s tragic death.

Now, Councilman David Greenfield proposes to create a public safe space in every neighborhood so that no child has to approach a stranger for anything.

Under “Leiby’s Law,” businesses would be designated as safe places for kids who are lost or need some help.

According to the New York Daily News, store owners and employees of the store would have to go through a lengthy background check and fingerprinting. Then, business owners could put a green sticker in their store window to let kids know that it is a safe spot.

Residents of Borough Park gathered together to show their support for the plan.

“It would be a pleasure to be a part of it,” stated Faigy Lebovich, owner of Kosher Candy Man at 4702 13th Avenue.

“We are hopeful and optimistic that thousands will sign up,” Greenfield said.

However, there is another clause in the legislation. Homeowners can be designated as safe spaces too, if they go through the same background check.

“I will definitely participate in this,” said Anna Cali, a teacher at St. Athanasius. “I think I would rather my kids go into a store than a home though.”

The legislation will be presented at the end of August.

Source: JCH of Bensonhurst

Assemblyman Peter Abbate Jr. has been holding the tradition of bringing turkeys to seniors centers around holiday time since taking office in 1987.

According to Community and Legislative Liaison for his office, this is a tradition which is very important to him.

Abbate visits about 12 senior centers throughout the Bensonhurst, Borough Park and the surrounding areas, including the AMICO Senior Citizens Center (5901 13th Avenue), Regina Pacis Senior Center (1258 65th Street), the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst and many more.

“This is something that the Assemblyman really loves to do around the holiday,” said the liaison.

Councilman David Greenfield plans to introduce legislation that stops the city from writing parking tickets on Black Friday, which is often the day upon which cops collect the most from parking tickets.

As most schools and businesses are closed on the day after Thanksgiving, people believe that parking rules are suspended. In reality, the Friday after Thanksgiving is just any other day when it comes to parking regulations.

According to the New York Daily News, twice as many parking tickets come in that day.

“People just feel like the day after Thanksgiving is a gotcha day for tickets,” said Greenfield. “There’s definitely a belief that there’s a lot more parking enforcement on that day than on other days.”

If he gets council backing, the regulation change would take effect next year.

Source: NYPD

Salvatore Perrone, the man charged with with three counts of murder and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the murders of three shopkeepers  pleaded not guilty on Thursday.

As more details emerge of his mental health, motive becomes more difficult to find.

Perrone, who is divorced, often spent time at Natasha Charova’s place, his girlfriend. Chernova’s neighbor Ben Elchonen said Perrone was a wannabe tough guy.

“He was the kind of guy who you could tell had watched ‘The Godfather’ too many times,” said Ben Elchonen to the Chicago Tribune.

The New York Daily News writes that a source close to the investigation reported that Perrone told interrogating officers that he works for the CIA.

Perrone is in protective custody on Rikers Island and his court date is set for Monday.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

Yesterday, as most families were finishing up cooking their Thanksgiving meals, TD Bank on may have been robbed.

TD Bank, located at 2173 86th Street, was blocked off with yellow police tape and several marked cars, emergency vehicles and police with machine guns surrounding it. At the scene, the cops were tight-lipped about what was going in.

One tipster who was there at about noon sent us this report:

I was just walking down 86th St and saw numerous squad cars, emergency service police vehicles, and the tactical force with helmets, shields and machine guns.

The TD Bank on the corner of 86th St and Bay Pkwy was covered with crime scene tape. I tried to ask what was going on but got no answer. It could be a possible robbery or attempted robbery.

The standoff lasted several hours, but little is known about what happened inside the bank, or thereafter. Where you there? Let us know what you saw.

Source: NYPD

On Wednesday, Salvatore Perrone was charged with the murders of three shopkeepers. He’s confessed to two of the slayings.

Perrone, a 64-year-old salesman, was picked up in Bay Ridge after being recognized by a tipster in a pharmacy after police released surveillance video from the scene of the last murder.

He ate, smoked and openly talked to the cops, according to the New York Daily News. He then confessed to two of the murders and fell asleep.

“He just stopped talking. Who can explain it? You’re not going to be able to explain this guy at all,” a source told the Daily News. “I’m not a psychologist, but he seems to have mental problems. He’s a little delusional.”

A police officer standing in front of police tape at She She Boutique on Thursday night also said that Perrone might just be crazy.

Investigators found a Ruger 10-22 carbine rifle with a sawed-off stock in a black duffel bag at Perrone’s girlfriend’s place.

No motive seems present as of yet. Police tried to talk to him about issues in the clothing business, his family or any links to race. Perrone didn’t flare up at any of the suggestions.

When police questioned his neighbors, they all generally agreed that he was a pest and an irksome neighbor.

“If he is convicted, we’ll throw a block party,” the neighbor said. “He’s insane. But a serial killer? That’s a long stretch.”

According to ballistic tests, the sawed-off gun that was found had been used in all of the killings.

At a press conference, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly was smiling. He stated that ammo and a knife were found too. They’ve taken the knife in for analysis to see if it matches the wounds Isaac Kadare incurred in his neck.

“We know that he went to other locations, and asked questions that indicated that. Now that we look at them, he may very well have been planning to come back,” said Kelly.

“He does seem that he could have some mental-health issues,” said Ken Jones, a court-appointed lawyer.

“He denies all the allegations.” he added. “He denies making any incriminating statements.”

Perrone’s next scheduled court appearance is November 27.

Source: Peggy Greb via Wikimedia Commons

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Now, I’m off to eat some tofurkey. Just kidding, that stuff is gross. I’m just going to have mashed potatoes and the tons of other awesome trimmings.

Community Education Council District 20 is hosting their monthly meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at P.S. 102 located at 211 72nd Street.

Topic covered include the appointment of Cornelia Sichenze as Principal of P.S. 102, as well as several other points.

All are welcome to attend.