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An 80-year-old man accused of the brutal 1973 murders of two women has been extradited back to Virginia to face trial.
Ernest Broadmax, an ex-convict with a lengthy criminal record, was taken into custody last week in Queens by the NYPD's Cold Case Apprehension Squad.
Broadmax - Murder - Rape - Charges - Virginia
Broadmax is facing murder and rape charges in Virginia over the deaths of Lynn Seethaler and Janice Pietropaola, who were both 19 and from Pittsburgh.
Broadmax clutched a cane with both hands as he was escorted into Queens Criminal Court, where a judge officially handed him off to a pair of Virginia Beach police for extradition.
Anything - Families - Victims - Broadmax - 'No
Asked if he had anything to say to the families of his alleged victims as he was led away, Broadmax said: 'No, no, no, tell them to talk to my lawyer.'
The girls had been vacationing at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in June 1973 when they were found dead in a motel cottage. Broadmax was 33-years-old at the time.
Pietropaola - Times - Seethaler - Head - Throat
Pietropaola was raped, strangled and shot three times. Seethaler was strangled, shot twice in the head and had her throat cut with a broken wine bottle.
A worker at Farrar's Tourist Village found the women's bodies after they missed their checkout time at the end of a five-day stay, reported The Virginian Pilot.
Pietropaola - Seethaler - Bodies - Police - Waist
Pietropaola and Seethaler's bodies were described by local police as 'partially clad' and one of them was naked from the waist down.
The attacker was believed to have entered the cottage by removing a window screen and climbing inside.
Cottage - Homicide - Motels - Shops
The cottage where the double homicide occurred has since been destroyed and replaced with new motels and shops.
In 2011, Virginia Beach detectives told the station WTRK they suspected the person who murdered Pietropaola and Seethaler had slain as many as 10 women, all of them between the ages of 18 and 25, in the area...
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