Zarinsky Dead On 50th Anniversary Of Officer’s Murder

BRIDGETON—Accused serial killer Robert Zarinsky, of Linden, died at South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton on Friday, Nov. 28 — exactly 50 years after the murder of Rahway Police Officer Charles Bernoskie.

Zarinsky, 68, was serving a life sentence for the 1969 murder of an Atlantic Highlands woman and he was soon to be tried in the 1968 homicide of a 13-year-old girl who had been beaten, strangled and raped for another killing a year earlier.

In 1975, Zarinsky was convicted of killing Rosemary Calandriello, who was last seen with him on Aug. 25, 1969. The case made history when he was convicted of killing the teen, though her body was never found.

In 1999, Zarinsky’s sister implicated him in the unsolved murder of Bernoskie, which happened during a burglary at a Rahway car dealership. Zarinsky was acquitted of the murder after a 2001 jury trial. Jury members said afterward that they believed Zarinsky was guilty, but the prosecutor had not convinced them beyond a reasonable doubt.

In March, a Monmouth County grand jury indicted Zarinsky on murder and felony murder charges in the 1968 homicide of Jane Durrua, 13, of the East Keansburg section of Middletown.

Authorities in three counties suspect Zarinsky in the murders of several other young women during the 1960s and 1970s. Believed to be among his victims were Linda Balabanow, Doreen Carlucci and Joanne Delardo.

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