|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1972|
|Death: ||Jun. 10, 1997|
New York, USA
I met Bliss at our high school, Notre Dame, in Manhattan, during our freshman year. She was a cute, punky, pierced girl from Queens who somehow, managed to make our Catholic school uniform look cool, always wearing her white collar up under her blue sweater. I did not get to know her well since she transferred to the High School of the Humanities after the end of our freshman year, but in just one school year she made an impression on me. I always felt like she was a cool person with a good soul.
In 1997, Bliss made several complaints to the the police about her ex-boyfriend's stalking and harassing phone calls. Her ex-boyfriend, Rodney Dilbert, was a NYC transit cop. She began calling the police in early May. When her calls appeared to have taken no action, she went to the police precint on May 29th, her ex was still harrassing her. The police kept passing the buck. On June 10th, Bliss was fatally shot near a subway station at Roosevelt Avenue and 77th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens. She was 25 years old. Dilbert then shot and killed himself. Unfortunately, Bliss's attemtps to get police protection were ingored by the NYPD. This caused a media outrage and the dismissal of Sgt. Taggert, who was the first person to interview Bliss about the harrassment, but he failed to make a police report.
I will always remember Bliss as the smart, sweet, gothic girl teenager who I am sure grew up to be a brilliant young woman. My deepest sympathies go out to her family.
I took this photo of Bliss during a field trip to Ellis Island, with our freshmen Notre Dame class in 1986. A volunteer named Nick was kind enough to visit the cemetery and photograph Bliss's headstone, and sadly her mother's too, buried beside her. Her mother, Jo-Ann Cote, died of cancer four years after Bliss, her only child.
Jo-Ann Lothian Verdon Cote (1948 - 2001)
Mount Hope Plains Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Cristina
Record added: Jun 16, 2009
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