An alleged serial killer prostitute from Canada who was arrested for the murder of an Italian chef in New York has reportedly confessed his murder two years later.
The incident took place in New York City in the United States when the 33-year-old chef’s body was found lifeless in the room at Kamway Lodge in the borough of Queens in August to 2019, after having been missing for a few days.
Canadian Angelina Barini, 43, was arrested on 21 August 2019 and she has now reportedly confessed to the murder of Cirpriani Dolci chef Andrea Zamperoni to the Brooklyn district court.
It was determined that Zamperoni had been given a deadly drug cocktail that included fentanyl, a strong opioid.
Leslie Lescano, the former partner of the suspect Barini, is believed to have been hiding in the bathroom when Barini gave the chef the drugs before helping to rob him afterwards.
The prostitute also faces charges for the death of at least three other men.
Italian chef Zamperoni left Italy in 2009 for a better life. He first worked in London along with his twin brother Stefano, at the Cipriani group, a luxury hotel company.
Lescano, who is also known as Kenny Ween, faces charges of distributing a controlled substance, namely fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute it which could see him jailed for 20 years.
Kamway Lodge, the hotel where he died in New York, reportedly has a reputation for drugs and prostitution, according to Italian newspaper Corriere.
Zamperoni had just moved into a nearby house, at 41-39 74th Street in Elmhurst, NYC, a few weeks previously, after having moved to the United States since 2018, working at a Cipriani restaurant in Las Vegas and Miami.
The chef’s corpse had been found wrapped in a sheet in a rubbish bin. In the motel room, police found an electric saw, a suitcase and bottles of bleach.
The police believe the woman arranged to meet Zamperoni in the rundown Kamway Lodge motel in Queens with the intention of giving him the date rape drug to rob him.
After he passed out, Lescano and Barini allegedly stole his bank card and used it to go on a spending spree and then dumped the body in a garbage bin upside down which they had dragged in from outside the motel, it has been alleged.
It is suspected that they planned to dispose of the body and had borrowed a trolley, a saw, and other utensils but were caught before they could put the plan into action.
The crime was discovered by cops investigating a missing person’s report and they turned up at the motel. They noticed a strong smell and entered the room where the dead chef was found.
A bottle with a purple liquid that was later found to be the date rape drug was also found in the room.
Lescano will next appear before Judge Brian Cogan on 25th April, but it is thought that Barini may have negotiated the sentence by that point after pleading guilty.
The couple are also charged over other deaths, including two tourists and an old age pensioner, who were all found dead of overdoses and robbed.
Two of the other men she is alleged to have drugged include a man at the Airway Inn at LaGuardia Airport on 4th July and another man at the Crown Motor Inn in Woodside on 11th July 2019.
Police said they have obtained CCTV images that confirm she was present during both incidents.