Charlie Chopoff's Mystery

Erno soto
The sketch drawing of Erno Soto presumed to be the Serial killer Charlie Chopoff

From my previous post, i summarized the horrible serial killer the Zodiac Killer in which i also mentioned few other killers whose identities are still unknown to the world. The reasons why these people do the things they do is still a mystery or some might have a very sick/maniacal reason that isn't logical and not acceptable in a anyway at all. Clearly, these serial killers escaped the wrath of justice because there wasn't real advanced investigation resources like the ones of today. So, now lets talk about the story of Charlie Chopoff

Charlie chopoff was one of the worst serial killers ever, why? Because he only kills black children between the age of 8 to 9 and mutilates their genitals thats how he got the nickname Charlie chopoff. He killed five children, one survived but was badly injured. His main hunting ground was Manhattan between March 9, 1972 to May 15, 1974. His M.O was to kill the children by stabbing them 38 times all over their body then finally cutting off their penis. The records of his killings were as follows: March 9, 1972, eight-year-old Douglas Owens was found dead, stabbed 38 times and his penis mutilated. April 20, another black youth was stabbed and his genitals cut; he survived. October 23, nine-year-old Wendell Hubbard was stabbed to death and his penis severed. March 7, Luis Ortiz was stabbed 38 times and likewise mutilated. Then August 7, 1973, eight-year-old Steven Cropper was slashed with a razor and his penis still intact.

On May 15, 1974 a Puerto Rican man Erno Soto was arrested as a prime suspect after a failed attempt to abduct a Puerto Rican boy. Erno Soto who was a periodic patient at the Manhattan State Hospital since 1969. Erno's mental issues started after his separation from his wife, few years later he tried to reconcile with his wife only to find out that his wife had given birth to Black child. It was obvious that it wasn't his because he and his wife were pure Puerto Ricans. According to a source, his problem started when the child's eight birthday rolled up. He later confessed to killing the Cropper kid in 1973. The surviving boy out of the six child victims was told to confirm if he was really the killer but he said that Erno Soto looked like the real killer but refused to properly identify him. The Manhattan State Hospital also said that Erno Soto was at the hospital when the murders took place but later confirmed that he might have escaped as he usually does that.

In 1975 Barbara Gelb published a book called "On the Track of Murder. Miguel Rivera was used in place of Erno Soto after that many authors like Lane and Gregg, Peter Vronsky has mistakenly used that name as the real name for the actual killer.

Now, due to the of lack evidence bureau investigators hasn't done anything to Erno Soto and was considered unfit for a trial because of his mental problems but was still a prime suspect stating that the killings stopped after his arrest plus an anonymous source (maybe the real Charlie Chopoff) reported that he was the potential culprit for the initial murder.


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