DNA Match Leads to Arrest in 25-Year-...

DNA Match Leads to Arrest in 25-Year-Old Murder Case

There are 84 comments on the New York Times story from Mar 23, 2007, titled DNA Match Leads to Arrest in 25-Year-Old Murder Case. In it, New York Times reports that:

On Jan. 31, 1982, her mother found the body of 19-year-old Michele Mika facedown in bed with an eight-inch carving knife stuck in her back.

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Charlotte, NC

#64 Jan 31, 2010
My heart goes out to Michele's family. I knew Michele when I was just a little girl and I carry such beautiful memories of her. I was babysat by Angelo's mother Madelyn at the time. Michele would often come over and ask if she could take us outside to play, or next door to her house so she could paint our nails and do our hair. I am not sure if she knew what was going on in that house but quite often she would save us from abuse from Madelyn and some, even abuse from her sons.

Although Angelo has plead guilty to this crime, he knows as well as his victims know what skeletons he still hides in his closet.

May Michele's family finally have some comfort in the outcome of the case.
jim h

United States

#65 Jan 31, 2010
as one of michelles close friends who was grilled by rp cops not just once but a year later i can say to angelos son who should keep his mouth shut and ha ha is the last way you should make any kind of comment when it comes to what happened 30 yrs ago to his daughter you are right its not fair for you to be blamed for what happened before you were born but in a town like rp who in those days only had lightweight little crimes like a stolen 8 track player this was a horrible incomprehensible event that happened to a dear friend of ours so michelle r.i.p your killer has finally met his judgement day on earth. his real judgement day awaits him in the next world and jr keep your piehole shut or i will put a foot up your ass no question about it.
jim h

United States

#66 Jan 31, 2010
my mistake it was 28 yrs ago today.

Mineola, NY

#67 Feb 5, 2010

Morris Plains, NJ

#68 Feb 13, 2010
It makes me sick to think he used to come to parties at my house and sleep there. In the back of my mind there was always the thought that he was guilty. I never knew Michelle but I hung out with alot of people who knew her. It's just so sad.

Morris Plains, NJ

#69 Feb 13, 2010
SalMal wrote:
what else can I say that everyone hasn't said already - we all hung with both of them in Chestnut Park - its tragic that the world lost a beautiful person, but in the end justice prevails - I would love to be sitting in the court room when the trial begins, does anyone know when the trail begins?
Sal M.
I think he's being sentenced April 1st.

Sanford, NC

#70 Mar 22, 2010
Brandon wrote:
Posted by D Stroebel
"I was told by law enforcement that a certain detective (who I will not mention his name) contaminated the crime scene by disturbing evidence. This person is long retired now."
Who was the cop. Roberts? Nah he wasn't a detective. It was probably the guy before Eddie Rose came on board. Was it Bobby Lee? I think so.
Let's just say his last name is a drink you have with an olive in it...

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#71 Mar 26, 2010
This three decade long turmoil will finally have some closure. Beyond what is sentenced there is not much more I can wish except that this dirt bag call him AS rots there and dies, or better yet he proves his level of being a stupid low life and crosses the line somewhere in prison and gets to stay the whole term (as is that is long enough). If he ever does walk the streets free he will not have many, if any, friends to call upon. At best he should watch his back. There is no person lower than one who wrongs someone for no apparent reason. May he rot in hell for what he has done.
To the son of AS who wants to kick everyone's ass you don't stand any better of a chance than your stupid father. Anytime, any place I'll be there.
To all my sister's friends you are all like sisters to me. Writing this hurts me very deeply. I want this all to come to an end. God bless all of you who have prayed for Michele over the years. I love you all.
Sentencing will be coming soon.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#72 Mar 26, 2010
Another M

United States

#73 Mar 31, 2010
I met you Tommy, when Michele and a bunch of us went to Ft Lauderdale on Spring Break. You took us 4-wheeling on the beach through a nudist colony. We were shocked. LOL. We had so much fun.

That day changed all of us.
I've always had you & your family in my thoughts & prayers.. and hope you're doing ok. I can't imagine what your family has been through.
May he rot in hell. He won't get out. He's been free for 28 yrs and I'm sure the parole board will take that into consideration.
Take care Tommy. I'm glad you have some closure.
RIP Michele

Tarrytown, NY

#74 Apr 2, 2010
He was sentenced to 25, must serve 12-1/2.

From Record:
Defense attorney Ian Silvera said Speziale was much younger when Mika was killed and has changed a lot since.
I dont think the person who committed that act is the person sitting in court today, he said.

He was caught when arrested for shoplifting 25 years after killing Michele -- SPEZIALE has REALLY CHANGED, hasn't he? Please keep him locked up the entire 25 years.

Rensselaer, NY

#75 Apr 28, 2010
Michelle's soul has finally..... received justice..
28 years have passed when we who knew her heard the news of what was done to Michelle....There's so many of us that either knew Michelle from School, or from Chestnut (park). Michelle was such a sweet, pretty, and decent person wasn't she.?
Everyone knew it was that no good punk Angelo,( He was already breaking into cars, apartments and homes way before this), yet Charlie Martini (Cop) screwed up the crime scene evidence. Way to go ( CHUCK )! No wonder they demoted you and you quietly left town for FL.!
Michelle soul can finally stop crying out for justice. May her Mother's newly opened wounds in someway, find peace knowing that little, wimpy, douchbag Angelo will likely die a SUFFERING, SODOMIZING DEATH in prison and rightfully so.
I feel sorry for his offspring as they have been made victims by him as well.
TO Angelo's children I say... Forget him, he was NEVER the person you thought he was, he was and IS a Psychopathic KILLER. May God and the no doubt Counselors you are seeing somehow help you in your journey of purging the pain, anger, betrayal and sadness you must feel from your father.

United States

#76 Jun 24, 2010
Michele's mother passed away> They're together now
Passaic cty

Riverdale, NJ

#77 Jun 27, 2010
Anthony your story sounds about right except for knocking out Angelia teeth what year did you do this ? And he was a know herorin attic with rotten decaying teeth
Anthony C wrote:
I was a bunk

area mate with Angelo,in BCJ a few years ago,for MV stuff.Anyways,we were both IOA's(Inmate-Officer Assistants)in MINIMUM SECURITY C-2 Block,working in C-3 MENTAL HEALTH UNIT,this is where approx.42-45 of Bergen County's most violent offenders such as MURDERERS,and High Risk inmates are housed.Our job,for good time off(Ironically!)was to "assist" the unit officer,if any type of "situation" were to arise.Not limited to Beating Down unruly inmates,etc.Thank GOD,we never had any of that nonsense arise.They are constantly HEAVILY MEDICATED,and mostly "Doped Up" by the jail to keep them quiet.Angelo would constantly grumble about hating this job,and was going to "start something",so he'd be shipped out to Trenton,so he could see Parole Board,and go home.Well,the next morning,at about 6:30 AM he decided to punch me in the face,for no reason,as I was pulling my chair to the table to eat breakfast,on our job post!I warned him to cut it out,and he swung on me a second time.I got up,all 200 Lbs.and 6'2" of me,and Hooked a Sharp Left hook to his face,and KNOCKED OUT ALL OF HIS TEETH!Costed me 20 days in lockdown,but,if I knew then,what I know now,I'd have simply finished his life!Michelle kind of reminds me of someone I may or may not have met,and liked at one time!She also looks a lot like my current girlfriend.This story made me shed a tear or 2.Also,while I knew Angelo,he claimed to have been a former Garbage Truck Driver/Lifter before being locked up.He said he was locked up for destroying a man's apartment that he claimed he caught cheating on his wife,that he walked in on.Says he trashed the guy's apartment,and took a few valuables,and was caught coming out the front door,and also had Heroin on him,at the time of that arrest.Wasn't able to post bail,and was sentenced to time he already had served,22 months awaiting trial.Because it was a State Sentence,he was required to go down to Trenton to be processed to see Parole Board before going home.Last time I again saw Angelo,hje was living in Brown's Trailer Park on Rt.46,in Lodi.He got in my face about hitting him,and I told him to drop it,or I was going to throw him into oncoming traffic on Rt.46! He then extended his hand,shook mine,and said "Let's Just Forget It".Next,I see his face on the front page of The Record! I also remember when BCJ started doing DNA samples,and Angelo was trying to get out of doing it!

Philadelphia, PA

#78 Jul 15, 2010
youll never know or Angelo JR if you have the same mother Monica please have her post here. I am her brother. I have not seen or spoken to her since the late 80's

Dorothy, NJ

#79 Jan 3, 2013
in 3 weeks it will be 30 years now that michelle has been gone.michelle my friend you are never forgotten in our hearts. the memories of us hanging out at your house while you made us " dippy eggs" (soft boiled eggs) and all of us watching movies there like the exorcist are still vividly clear in my mind. one day we will all meet again. much love , jimmy
Janet T

Ringwood, NJ

#80 Jan 4, 2013
I was very close with Michele. I even questioned Angelo of cause he lied but got very angry with me. I am so glad that his DNA matched may Michele now rest in peace just not fair she was so young and beautiful had a whole life ahead of her. Thank god he is in jail now!! May he never be released!! They lived side by side in a duplex you tell me no one in his family heard anything I find it very hard to believe!! Just sickens me even after all these years. For once I wish they had the death penalty because he deserves it!! He even had the nerve to show up at the funeral. He should of been arrested since day one not have to chance to start a life. Michele was robbed of that chance. Ridgefield Park is a small town everyone knew everyone and he was a prime suspect!! may you rest in peace Michele now that the monster was finally caught!! I will always love you with all my heart!!
Janet T

Ringwood, NJ

#81 Jan 4, 2013
I am not from Ct I am a Jersey Girl who grew up in Ridgefield Park!!
X friend of angelo

Bay Shore, NY

#82 Apr 11, 2013
youll never no wrote:
ok im acually angelo speziales daughter. i read these blogs everyday. i do not talk to my father and am very assamed of him. this happened way before i was born. i really dont care what anyone says about him honestly go ahead because i feel the same. but sorry you all have your facts wrong and i love shutting people up..my mother never cheated on him and he never layed a finger on mymother ..nice try! but who ever u get ur faccts from they are wrong. stop being noisy and get back to your lifes and stop taking it out on innocent people who have nothing to do with him or what hes done! how about we save the shit talk until the trial..kk
Hi angelos daughter,I used to be a good friend of your dads,when you guys lived in lodi,we would all go to the lake together(our families)Im Charlie, I don't know if you remember me.But none of this shot is your fault or anyones but Angelo,You are good kids and need to forget that shit and enjoy life!!!!

Doylestown, PA

#83 Aug 22, 2013
I lived in RP in 1982. I was ten years old. The detective on this case. .Chuck was good friends with my uncle. There were rumors circulating that he did it...that's why he tampered with the evidence. Don't know if it's true. But I do know that he was a perv and got away with some horrible things while he was an RP cop.

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