|Birth: ||Apr. 1, 1942|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 2002|
September 29, 2004|By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Kixx soccer player Adam Bruckner, who spends his off nights handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the city's homeless, helped police identify the dismembered corpse of a woman slain in 2002.
Bruckner, 29, testified yesterday that he also recovered at least three items that were entered into evidence in the murder trial of a 66-year-old homeless man.
Red Colt is accused of killing Josephine "Angie" Angelo, 60, in March 2002, chopping up her body with a hacksaw, and placing the pieces in trash bags that he suspended from trees over the Schuylkill.
The remains were discovered July 4, 2002, but were not identified until Bruckner used his contacts among the homeless to learn the address of Angelo's Fairmount apartment.
Bruckner testified that he met "Angie" through her association with Colt in February 2002, on the corner of 18th and Vine Streets.
Five months later, after the body was found, he heard from homeless people that she was dead.
"I started to search for Angie's real identity . . . searching for her apartment," Bruckner told jurors.
One of Angelo's former boyfriends told him her Mount Vernon Street address. Homicide detectives then obtained a warrant to search the small, cluttered home.
They also found her dental X-rays at a neighborhood clinic and positively identified the victim's body.
Bruckner testified that after he organized a candlelight vigil for Angelo among the city's homeless, he went to the site where her corpse was discovered, along the river just south of the Spring Garden Street bridge near Interstate 76.
There, he found a booklet of golf rules with notes made in Colt's block-style print handwriting and turned it over to police.
When Angelo's neighbor began clearing out her debris-filled apartment, Bruckner testified, he found two Wawa food receipts dated March 28, 2002 - the day detectives believe Angelo was slain.
On each of the receipts, in the same peculiar print, was the notation "LAST D." These, too, were entered into evidence yesterday.
Bruckner also found a Rite Aid receipt dated March 31, 2002, for trash bags, tarps and aerosol spray.
Angelo's neighbor, 25-year-old Sharon Fahnestock, testified yesterday that on March 28, 2002, she heard unusual sounds coming from Angelo's apartment overhead.
"I heard some arguing upstairs, and I heard a loud thud on the floor. I heard Josephine saying, 'No, no,' and I heard her gasping for air," Fahnestock testified.
Alfred Green, a 42-year-old homeless man, testified yesterday that on April 4, 2002, he saw Colt tie trash bags in trees over the river and offered to help.
"He said, 'No, thank you. I'll do this myself,' " Green told the jury.
"Is this the man you saw?" Assistant District Attorney Roger King asked, pointing at Colt.
"That's the man I seen do what he done, sir," Green replied.
Detective Patrick Mangold testified that when he found and arrested Colt on Sept. 2, 2002, the homeless man had more than $4,200 in his pockets and about $50,000 hidden inside three graham-cracker boxes in his push-cart.
In those graham-cracker boxes - when I opened them up - I smelled the same smell as Ms. Angelo's apartment. That medicinal smell," Mangold said.
He described how Angelo's home had a peculiar odor from stacked boxes of mail-order herbal supplements and vitamins.
"I believe that the money came from Ms. Angelo's apartment, based on the odor that hit me when I opened the boxes," Mangold told the jury.
Colt has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, theft, receipt of stolen property, and possession of an instrument of crime. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.
Additional story from the Philadelphia Magazine.
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Record added: Feb 20, 2013
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