Crime: A Twisted Trail

A Twisted Trail

It began as a minor traffic violation and ended with the fatal shooting of a police officer, a woman's murder and the discovery of a full female scalp in a stolen car. Alex Mengel, 30, a Guyanese-born tool-and-die maker, was returning home from a weekend of target shooting in the Catskill Mountains when a Westchester County, N.Y., police officer made the mistake of pulling him over. Noting spent shotgun shells in Mengel's car, the officer radioed for assistance. But before help could come, Mengel allegedly killed him with a single bullet to the head and fled on foot.

Investigators believe that...

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