Nassau, NY -- June 6, 2002 -- Nassau, NY homicide detectives revisited the case many times over the 18 years, hoping to find a piece of the puzzle that would open another door.
It was a brutal murder. Susan Eigen, 41, was found in her Oceanside home by her young son on Feb. 26, 1984, beaten and strangled. Police would later find her teenage son, Richard Eigen, 17, bound and suffocated by a plastic bag.
For detectives, the break came several months ago, when data banks that were not available then were opened up to detectives, said Det. Lt. Dennis Farrell, commanding officer of the Homicide Squad. After an intense investigation, detectives arrested Louis Telese, 42, of 100 Freedman Ave., Nanuet in front of his house yesterday morning.
Telese was charged with two counts of intentional murder and two counts of felony murder - a charge issued when the murder is committed during another crime.
On Feb. 26, 1984, Susan Eigens body was discovered around 6 p.m., Farrell said. There was evidence showing that she had been beaten, sexually abused and strangled. In a bedroom, police found her son, Richard, his arms bound to a wrought-iron railing, a plastic bag tied over his head.
Farrell said that Telese had met Susan Eigen and her family through his own relatives who lived in Oceanside. And that Telese was only an acquaintance of the family.
Teleses intent, Farrell said, was to enter the home and steal property. Detectives believe that Susan Eigen was home at the time Telese entered the home.
He declined to discuss how Telese got into Eigens house.
According to police, Telese applied several years ago to become a New York City school bus driver. His fingerprints were taken as part of the application process, said Inspector Pete Matuza. Due to changes in technology and state law, detectives were able to run fingerprints from the crime scene through these databases and found a match.
Herbert Faust, Nassau Chief of Detectives, had been the commanding officer of the Fourth Precinct at the time of the murders. At a news conference this afternoon he told reporters that seeing the investigation result in an arrest was gratifying.
It was a very brutal crime, Faust said. A young boy and his mother killed. It was terrible. That one just stuck in my craw.