​A Maine killer’s NYC homicide spree is featured in new true crime doc​

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Greater than 50 years in the past, on April 28, 1973, Frederic Spencer, a College of Maine scholar, was bludgeoned to loss of life. His killer dumped Spencer’s physique simply off Route 116 in Previous City, not removed from the Interstate 95 exit on Gilman Falls Avenue, the place it was finally discovered.  

Twenty-eight years later, Richard Rogers, the previous College of Maine graduate scholar who was Spencer’s roommate and who Maine State Police believed killed him, was convicted of the homicide of two extra males — this time, in and round New York Metropolis. He’s at present serving two life sentences in New Jersey State Jail.

Rogers was acquitted of Spencer’s homicide again in 1973, after a five-day trial in Penobscot County Superior Courtroom, through which Rogers claimed he was not responsible as a consequence of self-defense. However it’s believed by police in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere that within the ensuing years, Rogers might have been liable for as much as 4 extra murders, and probably extra — not together with the murders of the 2 males for which he was convicted in 2005, and that of Spencer’s.