It had been the Christmas season and Caridad Alvarez was worried: Her daughter, Xiomara Alverez Engel, had left the home greater than 24 hrs before to satisfy her ex-husband to be able to buy Gifts for that former couple’s youthful daughter. The ex-husband had known as shortly after that to state she’d never demonstrated up, and Xiomara’s older daughter had not seen her all day long.
So around 11:00 p.m. on 12 , 14, 1984, Alvarez and Xiomara Engel’s new boyfriend, Andres Diaz, reported her missing towards the North Arlington Police in Bergen County, Nj, based on court public records.
Simultaneously, almost 650 miles away in Olanta, Sc, firefighters and investigators were in a crime scene because, around 9:00 p.m., two boys had known as 911 to report locating a vehicle burning inside a field.
“Whenever we make it happen, it’s totally burning, inside and outside,” firefighter Jimmy Coker told “Killer Brothers and sisters,” airing Fridays at 8/7c on Archiweekend. “The wheels are burning. All you are able tell is that it’s a station wagon.”
The fireplace department did not immediately see anybody within the vehicle, so that they flooded it with water simply to make certain it had been out. But after they had extinguished the flames completely, they saw a burnt shape within the tire well in which the spare would normally be stored.
It had been an appearance.
In Nj, police were speaking to Caridad Alverez about her missing daughter.
“Xiomara choose to go to satisfy her ex-husband, William Engel, coupled with not came back home since departing the home at approximately 7 p.m. on 12 ,. 13,” described Jim Tobin, a senior investigator, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. “William Engel would take her Christmas shopping to purchase presents for that two youthful women.” (Xiomara Engel had a mature child from the previous relationship.)
Alvarez was insistent that her daughter wouldn’t simply have removed and left her kids — and she or he had been concered about her ex-boy-in-law.
“Xiomara’s mother was without particularly good stuff to say of William Engel, the ex-husband,” Bergen County prosecutor Ray McClure stated. “He’d mistreated her daughter previously.”
William’s relationship with 20-year-old Xiomara Alvarez had begun in 1976, when she was employed as part-time secretary in the 32-year-old’s company, Decor. Right after, according to news coverage in the Commercial Leader and South Bergen Review, Engel was having to pay for Alvarez to reside in a condo in Fort Lee, as they, his then-wife, Myriam, as well as their two children ongoing their resides in nearby Woodcliff Lake. By 1978, Xiomara Alvarez and William Engel were mostly co-habitating in Lodi.
After Engel and the first wife separated, he and Xiomara Alvarez gone to live in a home in Franklin Ponds where, in 1980, she delivered his daughter. These were married inside a civil ceremony in August. 1981 and honeymooned in Puerto Rico, but, as she testified throughout their divorce process, she’d been not aware at that time that Engel’s divorce wasn’t yet final. (His marriage to Myriam Engel found a legitimate finish in November 1981.)
The connection had also lengthy been physically abusive: Testimony throughout the divorce, statements by her relatives after her dying, medical records, and police reports established that William Engel had, amongst other things, punched her, pressed her down and lower some stairs, attacked her having a hammer, and compelled her to have relations with him. A minimum of two occurrences happened after their 1982 separation.
In 1983, Xiomara Engel searched for the divorce and alimony. Speculate William and Myriam Engel remained as married during the time of William and Xiomara Engel’s marriage ceremony in Florida, back in 1984 she was granted an annulment rather of the divorce — and alimony of $100 monthly (that is around $275 monthly in the current dollars). At that time, William Engel was apparently earning an income of $120,000 each year (or $325,000 in the current dollars) and owned the Franklin Ponds home they shared, the Woodcliff Lake home where his ex-wife as well as their kids resided, as well as an additional summer time home.
The finish of the marriage didn’t finish Engel’s curiosity about his ex-wife Xiomara: Her divorce attorney and family stated he continued to be “obsessed” together with her.
On 12 ,. 15 at 5:30 a.m., police visited William Engel’s home in tony Franklin Ponds. He told police that he’d been awaiting Xiomara at Decor in their hired duration of 7:30 p.m., and she’d known as at 8:30 p.m. to state she was running late but on her behalf way. He anxiously waited there, he stated, until 9:30 p.m., then visited meet a company affiliate, Anita Nimberger, and went home.
Police looked both mall where Xiomara had apparently informed her ex-husband she was shopping and also the area between your mall and Decor, but didn’t find her vehicle. They had a call later that week from Olanta, Sc: The VIN around the vehicle found burning inside a field on 12 ,. 14 have been tracked to Xiomara Engel. Bergen County investigators acquired the missing woman’s dental records and provided these to the medical examiner, who could create a positive identification from the burned body based in the tire well: Xiomara Engel.
“Her family was devastated,” stated Tobin. “Her mother lost her beloved daughter. The 2 little women, one 10, one 4, were left with no mother — also it was two days before Christmas.”
The first autopsy could determine, in line with the items in her stomach, that Xiomara Engel passed away within two hrs of her last meal, which her family told police have been soon after 7:00 p.m. on 12 ,. 13, based on court public records. But he was unable to for sure determine the reason for dying because of the concentration of the fireplace and also the extensive charring from the body. He eliminated gunshots, stabbings, and blunt pressure trauma — though he testified the results of the fireplace caused extensive harm to her brain and skull. (Another autopsy conducted later in the behest from the Alvarez family, found fractures both in her thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone, in addition to the soft tissues of her neck, indicating she’d been strangled to dying.)
Law enforcement initially received permission to look William Engel’s house but, once they searched for permission to look his office, Engel known as inside a lawyer and withdrew his cooperation.
At this time, Bergen County investigators went to speak to Xiomara Engel’s boyfriend, Andres Diaz: He would be a lawyer in Newark who met the youthful divorcée when she required employment like a secretary in the office. Also, he said excitedly that, since beginning their relationship, he’d began receiving harassing telephone calls from the man calling himself Raul Valdievia.
The telephone calls were tracked to William Engel.
Investigators then spoken towards the supervisor who would’ve clarified the telephone at Decor when Xiomara Engel apparently known as her husband at 8:30 p.m. around the nights her disappearance to state she was on her behalf way. He’d received no such call but confirmed seeing William Engel your evening — only his boss wasn’t relaxing in his office waiting on his ex-wife. Rather, the supervisor told police, he saw Engel next door at Engel’s other business, Kassa Warehouse, that they owned together with his more youthful brother, Herbert Engel.
Based on the supervisor, that was later confirmed through the Engelwood Police Department, a security choose to go off at Kassa around 8:00 p.m., that law enforcement had responded. The supervisor, since he labored late at Decor, was around the call sheet for police as an item of contact, and walked over. He missed the alarm and also the police, but experienced William Engel, who told him everything was fine and to return to Decor.
Between your alarm, William Engel’s false statements, and also the harassment of Andres Diaz, investigators could get yourself a search warrant for Decor and Kassa, that they offered on places on 12 ,. 21. They did not find any evidence that Xiomara Engel have been at either location, nor any proof of her murder.
After that time Jan. 11, the prosecutor, McClure, will get a phone call in the U.S. Secret Service.
“They offer information which they were given from your informant indicating there was a person named Pee Wee Wright from Patterson, Nj who had been speaking about getting took part in getting rid of an appearance in Sc and burning a vehicle,” McClure stated.
Investigators interviewed Lewis “Pee Wee” Wright shortly after that — who cooperated completely. He said excitedly that, around the evening of 12 ,. 13, uncle and co-worker from Cooper National, James McFadden, offered him $2,000 they are driving with him lower to Sc later that night to create a vehicle for insurance purposes. They two drove overnight but, after they showed up at McFadden’s relatives’ home, Wright observed blond hair within tarp at the back of the vehicle determined an appearance.
(Court public records reflect that Wright first found a ladies purse within the vehicle during New York, with identification owned by Xiomara Engel. McFadden gave him $100 in the wallet and discarded another contents.)
Wright faced McFadden concerning the body, angry he had not learned the things they were really doing. McFadden could convince him to assist get rid of the vehicle and the entire body. Court public records reflect that McFadden apologized, and Wright required the keys, bought gas, and drove the vehicle towards the field to lose it and the entire body.
Once they came back to Nj, McFadden compensated Wright the guaranteed $2,000 and said excitedly in charge was happy.
Their boss at Cooper National was its owner, Herbert Engel.
Police arrested McFadden on Jan. 18 and, inside a confession that eventually ran to 110 pages, the killer unburdened themself.
McFadden told investigators he’d been employed to kill Xiomara Engel by Herbert Master, who asked him out for drinks in a local Bennigan’s and started asking McFadden if he was “bad.” Eventually, Herbert Engel told McFadden he were built with a “cousin” having a problematic ex-girlfriend plus they needed anyone to “be mindful” of her — which they’d pay that individual $25,000.
McFadden had not done anything like this, but, during the period of several appointments with Bennigan’s — a minumum of one which involved the “cousin,” eventually recognized as William Engel, based on court public records — and copious levels of alcohol, McFadden had apparently been convinced.
On 12 ,. 12, McFadden and Herbert Engel met to create plans: McFadden was to visit Kassa the next night, hide themself to hold back for “the cousin” and the “ex-girlfriend,” then emerge and kill her. Herbert Engel provided McFadden having a picture of Xiomara Engel as well as an extra group of secrets of her vehicle.
On 12 ,. 13, McFadden employed Wright to assist using the drive after which required taxis to Kassa (later confirmed through the taxi driver, who also identified Herbert Walker’s vehicle within the lot). Then, Herbert Master required to determine McFadden’s weapon of preference, which switched to be an electric cord cut from your old refrigerator. Herbert Master told McFadden to eliminate your body with acidity and crush the vehicle — but McFadden did not exactly understand how to do either.
Herbert Engel left McFadden, who hidden themself inside a bathroom close to the darkened loading pier. William Engel and Xiomara Engel joined the loading pier together, and William Engel claimed the lights lost, utilizing it like a trick to lure Xiomara Engel further in to the san francisco bay area. When she passed the restroom, McFadden struck.
“McFadden pops up behind her,” Tobin told “Killer Brothers and sisters.” “McFadden is a huge man, Xiomara’s a little lady. He puts the cord round her neck, in the future, she didn’t are able.”
As McFadden was strangling his victim, he told investigators, William Engel lit a cigarette and viewed, at some point telling his dying ex-wife, “You b-tch.”
After Xiomara Engel was dead, McFadden drove her vehicle in to the loading pier — that is what trigger the alarm that William Engel needed to deal. The 2 men put Xiomara Engel’s body within the tire well, and, by 8:30 p.m., McFadden was off to get Wright and mind to Sc.
McFadden and Wright’s tales harmonized after that — but McFadden had yet another detail to show to investigators. Although the siblings had offered him $25,000, they’d only compensated him $1,300 the night time from the murder and $5,000 after his return. Within the days since, another $19,700 he’d been guaranteed had continued to be outstanding.
McFadden finally identified both Xiomara and William Engel from photos proven to him, and it was arrested. His arrest was adopted through the arrests of William and Herbert Engel all were billed with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Bergen County investigators then visited Sc to examine Xiomara Engel’s unhappy vehicle and observed something the Sc team missed: within the truck area would be a charred electrical cable, cut at one finish using the prongs still attached in the other. It had been the weapon James McFadden had described using to murder his victim.
The siblings hired costly lawyers and delayed their trial for pretty much 2 yrs — where an informant from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn told the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office the two attempted to set up to possess McFadden wiped out, thinking his dying would finish the situation against them. (McFadden pleaded guilty towards the charges against him in 1985 in return for a non-dying penalty sentence.)
However in June 1986, William and Herbert Engel visited trial for that murder of Xiomara Engel. Despite the fact that they attempted to reason that Xiomara Engel have been associated with McFadden, who’d wiped out her and presented them, it did not work: after 17 hrs of deliberation, both men were charged of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Both received 30-year prison sentences. Herbert Engel died imprisonment of respiratory system failure nine years after his conviction. William Engel died of cancer right after. James McFadden offered 29 many was paroled in 2015, based on Nj condition prison records.