Dean Faiello was a con artist and James Judd was one of his victims. Handsome, ambitious, and addicted to morphine, Faiello posed as a Manhattan dermatologist until he killed one of his patients, buried her in a suitcase beneath the cement floor of his garage, and fled to Costa Rica. The New York Post called him The Killer Quack in the Concrete Coffin Case. Faiello was caught, sentenced and sent off to the notorious Attica Correctional Facility. Years later, Judd and Faiello began writing to one another and eventually reconciled inside the prison. Killer Quack is a combustible mix of ambition, sex, drugs, murder, forgiveness and friendship…and it’s all true.
About Dean Faiello
VANITY FAIR: “NIGHTMARE ON ELWOOD AVENUE”
How did Maria Cruz, a 35-year-old analyst for Barclays Capital who vanished on April 13, 2003, end up buried beneath a concrete slab at an old mansion in Newark, New Jersey? The evidence would eventually point to Cruz’s laser specialist, Dean Faiello, a former construction worker, who was impersonating a doctor.
‘KILLER’ QUACK IS BEHIND BARS HERE
A quack plastic surgeon suspected of performing a deadly cosmetic procedure on a New York investment banker and then concealing her corpse in a concrete coffin under his home was extradited back to the city yesterday after he fled to Costa Rica to avoid justice.
FAKE DOCTOR IS BACK IN U.S. AND FACING MURDER CHARGE
Wearing tasseled loafers, a designer shirt and a pair of handcuffs, a phony dermatologist whose handiwork prosecutors say resulted in the death of an investment banker, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday after spending 15 months in a Costa Rican jail fighting extradition.
DEAN FAIELLO ON WIKIPEDIA
Dean Faiello (born August 31, 1959) is an American criminal currently imprisoned at Attica Correctional Facility after being found responsible for the April 2003 death of Maria Cruz, whom he had represented himself to as a dermatologist. Faiello held neither a medical degree nor a license to practice medicine.
HAUNTED BY WOMAN’S DEATH IN QUACK’S OFFICE
Dr. David Goldschmitt feels guilty.
When quack Dean Faiello called him after allegedly botching a backroom surgery on investment banker Maria Cruz, Goldschmitt told him to immediately take his convulsing patient to the hospital.
CBS: “VANISHED” (2004)
Last year, approximately 6,500 people vanished off the streets of New York. Most of them were runaways. Some were suicides. Whatever the case, police say they can usually close these cases fast.
But for the NYPD, and the family of 35-year-old Maria Cruz, her disappearance one Sunday afternoon seemed ominous.