- New City, New York - Rockland County -
- Woman Raped & Murdered by Illegal Immigrant ! -
- The Victim -
- Mary Nagle - Age 42 -
- 1963 - 2005 † -
(With her Husband, Daniel)
Day Laborer -
- Ronald Douglas Herrera Castellanos - Age 30 -
- Faces Life in Prison Without Parole -
- Illegal Immigrant from Guatemala Raped and Murdered Mary Nagle! -
- Handyman Tried in Housewife's Death -
- Hired Contractor Allegedly Killed Woman Whose Deck He Was Supposed to Fix ! -
March 20, 2006
A year ago this April, Mary Nagle was alone in her New City, N.Y., home. Her husband had gone to work.
But just hours after Daniel Nagle got to the office, he received a phone call from his mother-in-law telling him that his wife had been killed, allegedly by the handyman they had hired to work on their deck.
The couple had contracted with a company called Color-On. The company had sent Douglas Herrera Castellanos, 30, to do the job.
Nagle took the stand this week, breaking down in tears as he testified. Jurors were in tears, too.
"I want to be there for Mary, just for her dignity," Nagle said.
Handyman Accused in New York Slaying
Prosecutors say Castellanos, an undocumented worker, raped Mary Nagle before killing her and left the home in Daniel Nagle's clothes.
The killing is a chilling reminder of the danger posed when strangers are allowed into the home.
"It's vital that if you are home alone, you let someone else — a friend, a neighbor — know that a contractor is coming to do work. If necessary, pick up the phone when the handyman arrives and say to your neighbor/friend/spouse, 'The contractor has just arrived, the one who's going to be working on the plumbing,'" said Gerard Kane, the managing director of Excel security and a former NYPD detective.
"Make sure the contractor hears you saying this. Also consider asking a friend/neighbor over for coffee. Another option is pre-arranging for someone to call you on the phone during the contractor visit, just to check in."
Perhaps, the most famous case of a contractor harming an occupant of a house he worked on is that of Elizabeth Smart. The then-14-year-old was confronted in her bedroom by a knife-wielding man who had once been hired by her parents to do odd jobs around the house. Smart was found alive nine months later.
"You've got to be out of your mind not to consider people that come into your home as people that could harm you or could rob you," said Bo Dietl, a former homicide detective who is now a security consultant.
Kane said to keep the contractor at a distance but in sight. Lock doors if the contractor is working outside and keep an exit in view if you need to escape. Also try to find out about the contractor before hiring. Many people hire workers without knowing much about them.
"This is very important because day laborers are often anonymous and work under the radar, and many, many service providers do pick up day laborers from roadside pickup points," Kane said. "Any reputable company … has a number you can call to verify that a repair man is there for a reason."
Kane also suggested calling the Better Business Bureau to check on a company and pay a little more for a more-established company.
Testimony in Castellanos' case resumes later this week. If he is convicted, the accused handyman could face life in prison without parole.
- The unlicensed, New Jersey-based company, Coloron Painting, did not perform a background check on Herrera, who had been living in the U.S. illegally since May, 2001, and was wanted on a 2002 warrant. -
- Community activists
say that crackdown on Unlicensed Contractors could hurt undocumented
immigrants who depend on seasonal labor to live. -
Charles Butler, a coordinator with the Jornaleros Project, a Spring Valley
immigrant advocacy and assistance program that helps mainly day laborers,
encouraged people to put things into perspective and continue hiring day
laborers from the center. -
- "There's rotten apples in every race, color or creed," Charles Butler said . "I don't want them to be stigmatized." -
- Illegal immigrants
and landscapers fear backlash from New City slaying -
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It has been a year now since the rape and murder of Mary Nagle of New City in Rockland County, New York. The trial of the perpetrator, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala has begun. This means that another series of painful courtroom scenes, in which the victim's husband will have to undergo the torture of sitting in the same room with the vicious animal that raped and murdered his wife, will have to be suffered through.
Advocates for undocumented workers' rights tell us that this was "just a random incident" and that the chances of something like this happening to you are extremely slim. This is, of course, no consolation for Daniel Nagle, Mary's husband. And it is not much consolation for Mary and Daniel's two elementary-school-age children. And now, during the opening days of the trial, illegal aliens are demonstrating in cites all over the USA, demanding more rights. What part of the words "illegal alien" do the politicians not understand. If they are in the country illegally, then they should be deported - what is so difficult about that?
How many more mothers of our children and young women of child-bearing age will we have to lose to such vicious animals before we come to the collective realization that we are going to have to do something about securing our borders? And how much more malarkey are we going to take about how "undocumented workers" are a necessary part of our economy?
In this case, the company that the perpetrator worked for, Coloron Painting, did not have a license, they had hired an "illegal alien," for whom they did not do a background check. If they had, they would have found out that there was a warrant outstanding for his arrest since 2002. How many things have to go wrong before a person like Castellanos is arrested and deported?
Needless to say, the time has come to put a stop to the circumstances that let a situation like this one develop. This problem is going to have to be combated at its source, which means more effective border security and more effective deportation policies. Such measures will require the implementation of standing laws and the drafting of new laws, which means that the President and the US Congress will have to start taking these matters seriously.
One thing that the average citizen can do is to vote for congressional candidates who advocate effective immigration and deportation policies. If incumbent congressmen are soft on immigration issues, it is time for a change. Too many criminal types are getting into the country, and they are causing too much damage to our society. Find out what your congressman's stand on immigration is - if it's too liberal, then vote for the candidate who will defend our borders.
Yours Faithfully, Liberty