Netflix’s latest true crime series Homicide: New York details some of the most harrowing crimes to have taken place in the city.

Advertisement

The second episode, titled Central Park Slaying, explores the death of 44-year-old real estate agent Michael McMorrow, whose body was found in the lake in Central Park in May 1997.

McMorrow had been stabbed, with his abdomen eviscerated and his hands partially severed – in what was dubbed in the media as 'The Central Park Slaying'.

The brutal crime soon captured the attention of the entire world, especially after it emerged that the two people arrested for his death were just 15 years old: Daphne Abdela and Christopher Vasquez.

Viewers who've already binged the Netflix series may be wondering what happened to Abdela and Vasquez, and where they are now. Read on for everything you need to now about the Homicide: New York subjects.

More like this

Where are Daphne Abdela and Christopher Vasquez now?

Abdela and Vasquez were both released from prison in 2004 after serving just over six years of their sentence.

However, little is known about their whereabouts today.

What happened to Daphne Abdela and Christopher Vasquez? Crimes explained

In 1997, Michael McMorrow was found dead in Central Park. He had been stabbed, with his abdomen cut open and hands partially severed.

That night, Daphne Abdela called the police anonymously to report a body in a Central Park lake and the NYPD soon found the mutilated body.

In the episode, retired detective Rob Mooney said the teenagers had been drinking with McMorrow and a group of people in the park, and McMorrow was "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Michael McMorrow in a suit looking ahead. He has a moustache and brown hair
Michael McMorrow. Netflix

At first, both Abdela and Vasquez claimed they had gone swimming and McMorrow had put his arm around Abdela, which Vasquez saw as him making an advance.

Abdela claimed Vasquez attacked McMorrow, before later acknowledging that she had kicked him.

As per The New York Times, Abdela and Vasquez were found guilty of first-degree manslaughter.

Abdela pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a plea deal, while Vasquez was later separately found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter. Both teens were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

How were Daphne Abdela and Christopher Vasquez caught?

15 year old Daphne Abdela
Daphne Abdela. New York Daily News Archive / Getty Images.

In Barbara Butcher’s book What the Dead Know: Learning About Life as a New York City Death Investigator, she wrote that the pair were found by the police washing away evidence.

“Police found the two sitting naked in the bathtub, washing away blood – the result, they claimed, of a rollerblading accident in Central Park,” Butcher wrote.

Although Abdela called the police anonymously to report a body in the lake on the night of McMorrow's death, presenting herself as a witness, it didn’t take long for the real story to come out.

Authorities identified McMorrow’s identity thanks to a business card he had on him.

They later found McMorrow’s wallet in Abdela’s room, while a knife with the victim’s DNA was discovered in Vasquez’s possession.

Homicide: New York is available to watch on Netflix now.

Looking for something else to watch? Check out more of our Documentaries coverage or visit our TV Guideand Streaming Guide to see what’s on tonight.

Advertisement

Try Radio Times magazine today and get 10 issues for only £10 – subscribe now. For more from the biggest stars in TV, listen to The Radio Times Podcast.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement