Murder of Krim siblings
|Murders of Lucia and Leo Krim|
|Location||57 West 75th Street, Manhattan, New York, United States|
|Date||October 25, 2012EST)(|
|Convicted||First-degree murder (two counts),|
second-degree murder (two counts)
Lucia and Leo Krim, ages 6 and 2, respectively, were murdered in the late afternoon of October 25, 2012, at the La Rochelle apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. The children's part-time caretaker, Yoselyn Ortega, was convicted of stabbing the children to death with kitchen knives while their mother Marina Krim and three-year-old sister Nessie were a few blocks away at a swimming lesson. Upon returning home, their mother and sister found Lucia and Leo dead in a bathtub at the family apartment. Ortega then began stabbing herself repeatedly in the neck and throat. She survived the self-inflicted wounds.
On February 22, 2018, twelve jurors were chosen for Ortega's trial, and opening statements began March 1 in Manhattan Supreme Court. On April 18, 2018, Ortega was found guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree murder. Ortega was sentenced on May 14, 2018 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The children had lived with their parents, Marina and Kevin Krim, in New York City. Lucia was known as "Lulu." The family moved there from San Francisco in 2010. Kevin Krim was a digital content executive at the television network CNBC. Marina Krim, a former kindergarten teacher, was a stay-at-home mother, art teacher, and blogger who chronicled the children's lives.
Discovery of killings
On October 25, 2012, at about 5:35 pm, Marina Krim returned with her 3-year-old daughter, Nessie, from the girl's swimming lesson at a nearby YMCA to her apartment in a 10-story doorman building at 57 West 75th Street and Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
The 36-year-old mother returned to the apartment earlier than scheduled because Ortega had failed to show up at Lulu's ballet lesson where they had agreed to meet. She entered the apartment but as it was dark and quiet and found no one. After returning to the lobby and consulting with the doorman, who had seen Ortega and the children return to the apartment shortly before, Marina and her daughter Nessie returned again to the family apartment. In the bathroom, she discovered her motionless two-year-old son, Leo Krim, and six-year-old daughter, Lucia "Lulu" Krim, clothed and each stabbed multiple times in a bathtub filled with blood. The children were still breathing when their mother arrived, but were pronounced dead by medics on the way to the hospital.
After seeing Marina Krim discover what had happened to her children, their caregiver of two years who was on the floor next to the bathtub, Yoselyn "Josie" Ortega, began to stab her own throat with a kitchen knife.
This scene was also witnessed by the apartment building's superintendent and his 10-year-old son. The bodies of the two children were removed from the building on a single stretcher. Kevin Krim, 37 years old at the time, learned of the events that night from police at John F. Kennedy Airport upon returning from a business trip to San Francisco.
Ortega, a naturalized US citizen for 10 years at the time, was originally from Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic, and was 50 years old at the time she murdered the Krim children. She was living on Riverside Drive in Manhattan's Hamilton Heights neighborhood with her 17-year-old son Jesus, her sister, and her niece.
She was paid $18-an-hour, as a babysitter.
In interviews with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Ortega claimed she was upset that her employer, Marina Krim, responded to her inquiry about needing more hours (due to money troubles) by suggesting she could do housework. The NYPD and friends of the nanny said she indicated that she was upset because the Krims would not pay her more money. However, family and friends who knew the Krims, as well as Ortega's own family, said that Ortega was close to the children and was treated very well by the Krims. The Krims paid for her plane tickets to see her family in the Dominican Republic and, on one occasion, accompanied her on vacation there.
Ortega survived her self-inflicted wounds, and since then has been deemed by two New York State psychiatrists to be mentally competent to stand trial. She was incarcerated at a New York City psychiatric hospital without bail while she prepared for her trial with a private attorney contracted by NY State to serve as Ortega's public defender.
In November 2012, Ortega was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder. Over the next five years, prior to trial Ortega made approximately 90 court appearances. In April 2016, Judge Gregory Carro made a plea offer to Ortega over the objection of the prosecution (who said the only appropriate sentence would be life without parole) of 30-years-to-life-in-prison, the minimum sentence for the two murder counts, in exchange for her guilty plea. Ortega rejected the offer.
On February 22, 2018, 12 jurors were chosen for Ortega's trial as Judge Carro presided, and opening statements were scheduled for March 1 in Manhattan Supreme Court. The trial was expected to last four months, but, in fact, ended after less than two. Ortega faces the possibility of life in prison. Ortega pleaded not guilty to murder, and then pursued a "psychiatric defense". Her lawyers argued that Ortega was mentally ill and should therefore not be held responsible for her acts, while the prosecutors argued that she was sound-minded and should be held responsible for her acts.
Ortega was found guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree murder on April 18, 2018. On May 14, 2018, she was sentenced to life in prison without parole and in his ruling Judge Carro said Ortega was "pure evil" and blamed Ortega and her family for not seeking medical treatment for Ortega's depression and anxiety and for hiding her condition from the Krims.
Lulu & Leo Fund
The Krims subsequently set up the Lulu & Leo Fund, a non-profit charity that provides creative education programs for disadvantaged children, under an initiative called Choose Creativity. The Krim family posts photos and memories of their children on the Lulu & Leo Fund public Facebook page, including fundraising events and photos of art made by their children. In 2014, the Fund served 2,300 children. Since the killing of their two children, the Krims had two more children, Felix and Linus, who made cameos in a video plugging the fund.
In popular culture
French-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani wrote a novel, inspired by the events of the nanny's killing of the Krim children. It was titled Chanson Douce (2016), and won a Goncourt Prize from the Académie Goncourt. The novel was later published in the United States as The Perfect Nanny but the book was not a best-seller in that country. As of January 2018[update], it had been translated into 18 languages.
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