Chilling Crimes: Halloween Murder, Firefighter Arson, and Political Theft

In a series of disturbing events, three individuals face serious consequences for their actions, ranging from murder to arson and theft.

Joseph Karolys of Saugerties is facing up to 25 years in prison for the brutal killing of David “Mickey” Myer following a Halloween party two years ago. The Ulster County District Attorney’s Office revealed that Karolys beat Myer to death and attempted to destroy evidence by setting it on fire. Myer’s lifeless body was found the next day on Route 32. Karolys is now charged with manslaughter, assault, and tampering with physical evidence, and the case has left the community in shock.

In Wallkill, former firefighter Robert Cromie has been sentenced to five years in prison for arson. In December 2021, Cromie set a fire in a garage attached to his apartment, causing the flames to spread throughout the entire building. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, but the incident betrayed the trust placed in Cromie as a member of the Wallkill Fire Department. His deliberate act of arson has left a blemish on the department and raised questions about the motivations behind his actions.

Meanwhile, in Rockland County, political campaign consultant Michael Bookman of Bardonia admitted to stealing over $7,000 from a political campaign committee while serving as the campaign manager. Bookman has pleaded guilty to petit larceny and has been sentenced to three years of probation. Additionally, he has been ordered to repay the stolen funds. This breach of trust highlights the vulnerabilities within political campaigns and the importance of financial oversight.

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These three cases underscore the range of criminal activities that can occur within any community, from violent crimes to breaches of trust. The swift action by law enforcement and the legal system serves as a reminder that justice, though sometimes delayed, eventually prevails.

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