An 80-year-old man accused of the brutal 1973 murders of two women has been extradited to Virginia for trial.
Ernest Broadmax, a former prisoner with a lengthy criminal record, was detained in Queens last week in the cold case arrest game of the NYPD.
Broadmax is confronted with murder and rape in Virginia due to the deaths of Lynn Seethaler and Janice Pietropaola, both of whom were 19 and from Pittsburgh.
Ernest Broadmax, a former prisoner with a long criminal record, is accused of the brutal 1973 murders of two women. He is portrayed at Queens Criminal Court, where he will be extradited back to Virginia to handle charges
Mystery solved: the NYPD on Monday arrested the 80-year-old Ernset Broadnax for the 1973 murders of Lynn Seethaler (left) and Janice Pietropaola (right), both 19, in Virginia
Broadmax grabbed a stick with both hands while being led to the Queens Criminal Court, where a judge officially handed him over to a Virginia Beach police station for extradition.
Asked if he had anything to say to the families of his alleged victims when he was led away, Broadmax said: & # 39; No, no, tell them to talk to my lawyer. & # 39;
The girls were vacationing on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in June 1973 when they were found dead in a motel cottage. Broadmax was then 33 years old.
Pietropaola was raped, strangled and shot three times. Seethaler got strangled, shot her head twice and had her throat cut with a broken wine bottle.
An employee at Farrar's Tourist Village found the women's bodies after missing their check-out time at the end of a five-day stay, The Virginian Pilot reported.
The bodies of Pietropaola and Seethaler were described by the local police as & # 39; partially dressed & # 39; and one of them was naked from the waist.
The attacker would have entered the house by removing a window and climbing inside.
The cottage where the double murder took place has since been destroyed and replaced by new motels and shops.
In 2011, Virginia Beach detectives told WTRK station that they suspected that the person who killed Pietropaola and Seethaler had killed ten women, all aged between 18 and 25, in the area in the 1970s and early 1980s .
Broadmax, resident of Hollis, Queens, is not linked to the other cold-case murders and disappearances of young women in Virginia Beach
Reports show that Broadmax has been in prison since 1990 and is driving away in New York when he moved to the city. His past criminal history includes 10 arrests on charges of assault, burglary and forbidden territory
Broadmax will be charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of rape.
So far, the 80-year-old resident of Hollis, Queens, has not been linked to the other cold-case murders and disappearances of young women in Virginia Beach.
DNA evidence found at the crime scene matched Broadnax's profile in a national database because he was a repeat offender and was formally detained.
The police did not say exactly how they could locate the suspect after 45 years or where the DNA was found. A NYPD spokesperson attributed Broadnax's arrest to & # 39; good police work & # 39 ;.
Broadmax grabbed a stick with both hands when he was escorted out of the courtroom
The Virginia Beach spokesperson, Linda Kuehn, said in a statement that in the fall of 2018 the investigators from the agency & # 39; started aggressively to investigate a strong lead they had been given in the case & # 39; led to the arrest of Broadnax this week.
Reports show that Broadmax has been in prison since 1990 and is driving away in New York when he moved to the city. His past criminal history includes 10 arrests on charges of assault, burglary and forbidden territory.
He was last released from jail in 2013 after serving eight years for an offense in which he defeated a customer who bought metal waste from him in Manhattan.
The Pittsburgh women were strangled and shot in a motel cottage in Farrar & # 39; s Tourist Village in Virginia Beach (photo) in June 2013
Pietropaola (right) was raped, strangled and shot three times. Seethaler (left) was strangled, shot twice in the head and had her throat cut with a broken wine bottle
Until his arrest on Monday, Broadnax lived in an affordable home for military veterans.
His neighbor Kevin Wallace told the New York Daily News that arresting officers offered Broadnax a bottle of water, helped him put on some clothes, and led him away without controlling his hands.
& # 39; He went very quiet, & # 39; said Wallace. & # 39; He knew he did it. They could not find him and suddenly they found him. & # 39;
Wallace, 60, described the suspected murderer as a very silent man who kept himself.
Adedayo Peterson, whose mother was briefly married to Broadnax in the 1970s, claims that the man became violent while he was with her mother.
She said the man – who served in the army and was locked up in Virginia before meeting Peterson's mother – had once hit her mother with a belt and pulled a gun at her brother.
& # 39; I wasn't expecting anything like that & # 39 ;, Peterson told the New York Times. & # 39; But I wouldn't let it pass him by. & # 39;