New York Prospect Park rape case cracked after more than two decades

New York Prospect Park rape case cracked after more than two decades”

Investigators have identified a convicted sex offender as the suspect in a decades-old rape, nearly 24 years after a woman reported she was attacked in Prospect Park, the NYPD said.

The then 27-year-old Yale University graduate had been out jogging and was heading home with food shopping at the time.

She gave police a detailed description of her attacker who was carrying a large stick or cane, and had also demanded money from her.

Mike McAlary‚ a late New York Daily News columnist‚ published a piece in which he said a police source had told him she had fabricated the ordeal to "bolster a speech she was planning to give at a rally protesting violence against lesbians". Back in 1994, when the DNA was recovered as a part of the evidence, it was found that it had been mixed with the victim's DNA and the police at the time lacked the technology to separate it.

However, at the time of the crime, the technology to differentiate between the woman's DNA with the man's was not possible at the time.

McAlary continued to write about the woman‚ sowing doubt over her integrity and even calling for her to be arrested.

She sued for libel, but the case was dismissed.

"He's savage", NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said about Webb who is now serving a 75-year prison sentence at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Ossining, for raping four women in 1995.

Webb, who was convicted of raping six women between 1969 and 1973, is now facing new rape charges.

Prospect Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

"We could not subtract the two to get a profile", said Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce on Tuesday.

The woman on Monday learned that Webb was the attacker during a "very emotional" meeting with investigators who were working the case, and felt vindicated as a result, police sources told the New York Post. I think my detectives cried with her, ' he said.

Police have two different cold case squads: one for homicides and another for rapes of strangers.

"She's feeling a combination of pain‚ confusion and relief‚" said attorney Martin Garbus‚ who represented her at the time.

She has asked the Daily News and the NYPD to issues apologies for how she was originally treated but it is unclear if she has the right to file any fresh lawsuits.

'We spoke with the victim last night, ' Boyce said. 'The newspaper stories, which were relentless, were almost as traumatising as the rape itself, ' Garbus said.

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