(CHICAGO TRIBUNE) — NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state authorities denied parole on Tuesday to the man convicted of the crime that generated one of the most famous headlines in U.S. journalism: the New York Post’s “Headless body in topless bar.”
The parole board denied early release for Charles Dingle, 53, convicted of the 1983 rampage in which he fatally shot the owner of a topless bar, took hostages, raped a woman and forced another to cut off the dead man’s head in order to prevent police from linking the bullet to his gun.
Dingle, held in an upstate prison, has maintained his innocence despite numerous eyewitnesses and considerable physical evidence.
The headline, credited to Vincent Musetto, an editor and film critic who retired last year after 40 years at the Post, recalls a much more violent New York City than today’s. There were nearly 2,000 murders in 1983 compared with 515 in 2011, according to police statistics.