Steven Charles

Steven Charles was a young African-American man, about 17 years old, from Newark, New Jersey. Some have noted that he was a prostitute, but this is not confirmed. In October 1979 he and a friend, 16-year-old Thomas Moore of Brooklyn, were walking down the street in Greenwich when they were picked up by four men. They were driven to Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island and beaten and left for dead. Steven didn't make it, while his friend survived to testify against the four men.

The following two references were the only ones that I have found for Steven. I know where they have received their information, so I cannot confirm any of it. Perhaps in the future I will be able to find some newspaper articles or more official documents so that Steven's memory wont be forgotten.



Wikipedia mention on article for Constabile Farace

On October 8, 1979, Constabile was involved in the murder of an African-American after he, Robert DeLicio, David Spoto and cousin Mark Granato picked up the man and a companion of his on a Greenwich Village street, forced them into a car, and began a gang sex assault during the drive back to Staten Island. The assault continued on a beach. It did not end until Farace had bludgeoned the African-American to death with a piece of driftwood. The second victim survived his victim to testify, sending Farace and the others to prison. In June of 1985, Farace was released after serving seven years, the minimum sentence for manslaughter. The state had accepted his plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter rather than go through the uncertainty and expense of a capitol murder trial. The two teenage boys allegedly propositioned them. Enraged, Farace and his friends forced the two teenagers into their car and drove them to Wolfe's Pond Park in the Prince's Bay section of Staten Island (where both Farace and Granato resided). The four men then spent several hours punching, kicking, and beating their victims with driftwood. When they were finished, Farace and his pals left the two boys for dead. One victim, 17-year-old Steven Charles of Newark, New Jersey, died on the beach. The second victim, 16-year-old Thomas Moore of Brooklyn, was critically injured but managed to get help at a nearby residence. Farace, DeLicio, Spoto, and Granato were arrested later that day. — December 10, 1979 — Four days later, Moore identified all four men in a lineup. Farace ultimately pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and received a prison sentence of 7 to 21 years.

On the night of October 7, 1979, four young men abducted two gays off a street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, forced them into their car and drove to a deserted beach on Staten Island, where they then proceed to punch, kick and beat the gays with driftwood for several hours, leaving them for dead when finished. One of the victims, Steven Charles of Newark, New Jersey, did indeed die; the other victim survived. The four assailants were apprehended approximately two months later and three of them eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter (the fourth apparently got off completely). The alleged "leader" of the assault, Costabile "Gus" Farace, was paroled after serving seven years. (Farace of course became a nationwide household name when he murdered a federal drug agent on Staten Island in 1989, only to be brutally killed himself eight months after that).

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