Boyfriend Charged With Murdering Woman Found Inside Drum

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013  |  Updated 11:12 AM EDT
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A 24-year-old man is suspected of killing his girlfriend and leaving her body in barrel inside his Harlem apartment for several days, a law enforcement source said.

A 24-year-old man is suspected of killing his girlfriend and leaving her body in barrel inside his Harlem apartment for several days, a law enforcement source said.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death and leaving her body in a 55-gallon barrel inside his Harlem apartment for several days. 

Bismark Lithgow, of Harlem, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the ongoing investigation into the death of Francis Angelica Alfonso Pellerano, whose body was found in the drum earlier this month after police responded to a call about a foul smell coming from his Seventh Avenue apartment.

The 19-year-old victim had been stabbed multiple times in the torso, the medical examiner said. 

According to a law enforcement source, she had been planning on leaving Lithgow to move to the Dominican Republic.

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