New York Police Solve ‘baby Hope’ Case, Arrest Cousin For 1991 Killing Of 4-year-old Girl
Banksy, a graffiti artist originally hailing from Great Britain, uses city walls as his canvas, creating works of art that intrigue, inspire and occasionally infuriate. Hes in the midst of a month-long residency in New York, with new art popping up every day. In one location, some of the neighborhood residents decided to cash in on their brief notoriety. Banksy had stenciled a beaver standing next to a signpost that resembled a downed tree. Local profit-minded entrepreneurs the New York Post simply calls them jerks hid the stencil behind cardboard, charging passersby $20 for a glance and a cell-phone snap. Banksy has built a reputation over the course of two decades as a political activist, with his provocative artwork appearing all over the planet, sometimes permanently, sometimes only long enough for someone to paint over it. Its hard to think of a way to twist Banksys art more obscenely than hiding it behind cardboard and charging for it; even the wannabes who tag onto his art or carve it out of the wall entirely are motivated by something more than simple greed. But hey, this is New York, and they have their own way of doing business. Cash only. Its also worth noting that some New Yorkers believe they actually caught sight of the cagey artist when one of his exhibits went a bit haywire last Saturday. For more about Banksys New York odyssey, entitled Better Out Than In, including helpful audio commentary on his work as it pops up, visit his website .
RELATED NEW YORK: Police announced on Saturday that, after an investigation that lasted more than two decades, they had arrested the killer of a child who was nicknamed Baby Hope by detectives after her body was discovered inside a picnic cooler beside a Manhattan highway in 1991. During an interrogation early on Saturday, the 4-year-old girl’s cousin, Conrado Juarez, had admitted sexually assaulting and smothering her, police commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The child’s name and the circumstances of her death had been a mystery for two decades. But earlier this week, police announced that a new tip and a DNA test had allowed them to finally identify the baby’s mother, a dramatic turnaround in one of the city’s more notorious cold cases. Now they are also revealing the slain girl’s name: Anjelica Castillo. It wasn’t clear whether Juarez, 52, had a lawyer. Police said he lived in the Bronx, but that the family had been living in Queens at the time of the killing. They also said Juarez claimed that a relative helped him dispose of the child’s body. Anjelica’s naked, malnourished corpse was discovered on July 23, 1991, beside the Henry Hudson Parkway. Detectives thought she might have been suffocated but had few other clues as to what happened. The case became an obsession for some investigators. Hundreds of people attended a funeral for the unknown girl in 1993. Her body was exhumed for DNA testing in 2007, and then again in 2011. In July, detectives tried another round of publicity on the 22nd anniversary of the discovery.