Killer's estate challenged

Dec. 21, 2008 at 11:11 AM
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NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- New Jersey authorities say the body of suspected serial killer Robert Zarinsky lies unclaimed, although at least two people want his $126,000 estate.

Zarinsky died in prison Nov. 28 of pulmonary fibrosis while serving a life sentence for the 1969 killing of Rosemary Calandriello, 17, of Atlantic Highlands, The (Newark) New Jersey Star-Ledger reported Saturday.

Zarinsky was also suspected in the deaths of Rahway Police Officer Charles Bernoskie in 1958, and in the deaths of five other teenage girls, including Jane Durrua, 13, in 1968, the Star-Ledger reported.

Zarinsky was charged last March with Durrua's death after DNA tests confirmed his semen was found on her slip, police said.

Zarinsky left no will, but has a niece and a nephew who stand to inherit his estate, which is being claimed by Durrua's sister, Joan Conway, who said she's never recovered from her sister's death.

"I've got to get justice," Conway said. "I am not going to get it in the criminal courts. I've got to get it here. I've got to finish this."

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