Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

UPDATES: Man Beheads Woman, Throws Self in Front of Train: Murder-Suicide


Patricia Ward of Farmingdale was a 28-year veteran faculty member who taught language arts, said Patrick Calabria, vice president of institutional advancement at the college.

“We are in shock,” he told The Post. “The staff in her department is teary-eyed. We are providing counseling to the staff who need it. It’s a very sad day. A lot of people are taking it very hard.”

Ward was beheaded by her son, a source said. He dragged her body out of the Farmingdale apartment and into the street where he kicked her severed head about 20 feet, Nassau County cops and witnesses said.

He then jumped in front of an LIRR train, his body was found about a mile from the murder scene, cops said.

Some of the horrified neighbors initially thought the headless body was a Halloween prank, only finding out it was real when they tried to lift the lifeless body, witnesses said.

Mom beheaded by son was beloved professor. NY Post, 10/29/2014.

The body of the female victim, wearing only a bra and pants, was lying on one side of the street and her head was on the other, said witness Jack Imperial, 41, of Briarwood, Queens, who was taking a taxi to a meeting when he came across the grisly scene.

“The body’s feet were at the curb, the shoulders were at the middle of the street. The head was across the street,” said Imperial. “I’ve seen some gruesome stuff in my years of living … but nothing like this. I didn’t expect to see something like this, especially not out here.”

Just 20 minutes after finding the corpse, MTA police confirmed a man in his 30s, identified by law enforcement sources as possibly the woman’s son, stepped in front of a Ronkonkoma-bound Long Island Rail Road train near the Clinton St. crossing.

The woman’s head may have been kicked across the street after the murder, a police source said.

It was not immediately clear if the killing occurred outside or in the apartment building. The identities of the dead man and woman were not immediately released.

Nick Gordon, who said he lived across the hall from the woman, said she moved in a few months ago and had a small white dog.

He speculated that the murder occurred inside the building. “When I came out the door, I saw the blood on the tile. It was all over, as if someone could’ve been pulling a body. You could see the smears going down the stairs.”

Woman found beheaded on Long Island minutes before man steps in front of train. NY Daily News, 10/29/2014.

[Law enforcement] officials said police found the body of a woman in her 60s outside a Farmingdale apartment complex on Secatogue Avenue at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Her head was severed.

Twenty minutes later, the MTA called police to say that a man had been struck by a train on LIRR tracks about 1,000 feet away from the home.

Officials say that when investigators they arrived, they found the body of a 30 year old man who they think may be the woman’s son. He appeared to have jumped in front of the train.

Man Beheads Woman, Jumps in Front of LIRR Train: Officials. NBC New York, 10/28/2014.

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