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Patricia Shea

A woman vanishes after going to help her neighbor and is found bound and strangled across town.

  • Last updated: February 24, 2023
  • New York, NY
  • July 25, 1982

Overview of Patricia Shea

Was there a serial killer in New York City in the summer of 1982?

Patricia Shea was only 44 years old when she was murdered. Her niece describes her as a great person who was kind and thoughtful of others. Her family also says that Patricia was "tough enough to stand up to someone doing something wrong in her neighborhood" and asks "Would you do the same for her?"

The day Patricia was murdered.

It was late on July 25th, 1982, when Patricia received a call to help an elderly neighbor. She, and a male friend or boyfriend, were just returning weekend trip when Patricia's elderly neighbor Aggie asked Pat if she could assist her. Though it was around 10:30 or 11:00 PM, Patricia finished bringing up her bags and headed over to Aggie's apartment building which was just across the lot from her own.

Her boyfriend, who was ruled out quickly as a suspect, says she came down the elevator and told him she need to run over to Aggies. This was the last time she would be seen alive.

Found Abandoned. The next day, Pat's body was found in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, with her feet tied and a rope around her neck, indicating she had been strangled. According to police, the elderly friend Aggie kept saying, "the blonde man hurt Pat," but she was bedridden and had some form of dementia, limiting her ability to provide any additional information.

The Pattern Continues

In the following weeks after Patricia's murder, Rita Nelson, Sheryl Guida, Gloria DeLeon, and two other Jane Does would possibly be linked to the same assailant... can you figure out which crimes make a pattern?

Where the case stands today.

Patricia's killer continues to evade justice for her murder. Her family pleads:

"If you knew Patricia Shea, you know she would come forward for you. She would do anything to protect her friends, neighborhood and neighbors. I’m asking you to do the same for her."

If you have any information about the murder of Patricia Shea, please contact the Cold Case Homicide Squad, Brooklyn: (718) 330-4125.

Case researched and written by Katie T.


  1. Date Found:July 26, 1982
  2. Date of Death:July 25, 1982
  3. Birthday:June 20, 1938
  4. Age at Incident:44
  5. Race:Caucasian / White
  6. Gender:Female


What's Left to be Uncovered

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Apartment Complex where Patricia was abducted

Queens, NY

Patricia Shea's last known location before her body was found.


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