The killer who provoked one of America’s most famous headlines has been denied parole after 27 years behind bars.
A fatal robbery at a Queens strip club in 1983 prompted the New York Post to blare on its front-page: “Headless Body in Topless Bar”. Charles Dingle, then 23, had been drinking at Herbie’s Bar when he shot the owner, Herbert Cummings, in the head.
He held four women hostage as he binged on alcohol and cocaine, raping one of the exotic dancers. While seaching the bar manager’s handbag, he found a business card showing that she also worked as an undertaker. He ordered her to gouge the bullet out of Mr Cummings’s head so that his gun could not be traced. When she was unable to do so he forced her to decapitate the corpse with a steak knife.