Juan Ignacio Blanco  


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Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Juvenile (15) - Robberies
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: March 20, 1981 / April 17, 1982
Date of arrest: April 18, 1982
Date of birth: May 25, 1966
Victims profile: Louise Kong, 64 / Lena Cronenberger, 88
Method of murder: Stabbing with a screwdriver / Stabbing with a carving knife and fork
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Status: The judge imposed the maximum for a juvenile, nine years to life  on August 17, 1983

Youth, 15, Is Charged In Deaths of 2 Women

The New York Times

April 22, 1982

A 15-year-old Manhattan boy was indicted yesterday on charges of fatally stabbing two elderly women during robberies at their apartments, a spokesman for the District Attorney's office said.

The boy, Ivan Mendoza of 712 West 175th Street, was charged with two counts of felony murder and two of intentional murder in the deaths of Lena Cronenberger and Lillian Kong, according to Mary de Bourbon of the District Attorney's office.

The Washington Heights teen-ager was arrested Saturday, the day he is charged with killing Miss Cronenberger, 88, who resided in his building. The indictment also charged the youth with murdering Miss Kong, 64, of 385 Fort Washington Avenue, on March 20, 1981.

The boy, who is being held without bail on Rikers Island, faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years to life if convicted.


Guilty in 2d Killing

The New York Times

June 7, 1983

A 17-year-old youth convicted last week of murdering an elderly woman neighbor pleaded guilty yesterday to killing another elderly woman.

The youth, Ivan Mendoza, of 712 West 175th Street in Manhattan, admitted that he killed Louise Kong, 64, during a March 20, 1981, robbery, according to Justice Burton B. Roberts of State Supreme Court in Manhattan. The youth was convicted last week of stabbing to death Lena Cronenberger, 88, during a robbery on April 17, 1982.


Bargaining Over Murder

The New York Times

August 19, 1983

Two murders for the price of one - that's what the courts seemed to allow Ivan Mendoza. A jury had found the arrogant 17- year-old guilty of stabbing Lena Cronenberger, 88, to death with a carving knife and fork, and the judge imposed the maximum for a juvenile, nine years to life. But Mr. Mendoza was also charged with murdering 64-year-old Louise Kong with a screwdriver, and for that the prosecutor made a deal. In exchange for his admission of guilt he would get five years to life, to be served concurrently - meaning no additional prison time.


MO: Stabbed women during robberies.

DISPOSITION: Convicted on both counts, 1983.

Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers - Hunting Humans



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