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If you thought the possible suicide of a New York judge seemed suspicious last week, you may be right. Now the NYPD thinks so, too. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, was the first Black female judge to the New York Court of Appeals. She was found dead last week in the Hudson River, and at first the police ruled it a suicide as Abdus-Salaam left behind her phone, keys, car and money. She was however, dressed in workout clothes. Abdus-Salaam does have a family history of suicide, but did not appear to be depressed.

The New York Post reports:

The death of a pioneering judge found in the Hudson River is being treated as “suspicious” by the NYPD — which has a special contingent of cops investigating how she wound up in the water, The Post has learned.

“We’re looking at it as a suspicious death at this point,” NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said.


“We haven’t found any clear indications of criminality, but at this point we can’t say for sure. We’re hoping if anyone could shed any light into the hours before her disappearance, it would help us establish what happened.”

Investigators have spent days poring over surveillance video in a vain attempt to trace the final movements of Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam last week, sources said Tuesday.

Extra cops have been assigned to find and review additional video from stores, residential buildings and mass transit, sources said.

“The problem is that where she lives, there’s a dozen ways of going anywhere,” one source said.

“No video shows how she got anywhere that day.”

Cops also issued a public appeal for assistance Tuesday, with the 26th Precinct in Harlem tweeting an “Information Needed” notice including her photo and a description of the clothing she was wearing before she disappeared.

Abdus-Salaam, 65, was the first African-American female to serve on the state’s highest court. She was last seen alive by a delivery man who handed her a package at her apartment the morning of April 12, sources said, and she was reported missing by her husband after he got a call around noon saying she hadn’t shown up at work.

Her body was found floating in about three feet of water near 132nd Street around 1:45 p.m., sources have said. The Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t determined the cause and manner of her death, but sources said an autopsy found water in her lungs, suggesting she was alive when she went into the river. Some slight bruising was found on her neck, but her eyes didn’t show the type of bleeding consistent with strangulation, sources said.


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8 thoughts on “New York Judge’s Death Now Being Investigated As Suspicious

  1. Alot of Black judges ending up suspiciously dead in or near water with obvious signs of trauma lately. Coincidence? Follow the political money & fraud. You’ll find your killers there.

  2. Chris on said:

    Tonya, if you’re gonna copy and paste, consider various news sources. What’s the point of writing something somewhat inflammatory anyway? You’re boy Talcum X writes in his latest BS blog that she was on new meds for depression. Here’s a quote from the NY Daily News: “State Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam began taking medication for her darkening moods just a few weeks before her apparent suicide, a well-placed court source told the Daily News.”
    Perhaps it was not suicide, maybe she was disoriented by her meds and fell into the water.
    Maybe she was mugged and the crook was enraged when he found nothing. Anyway, if she was a good person, I hope she is in God’s Palms.

  3. KAILYAH on said:

    HEBREW ISRAELITES (aka AA,BLACK, NEGRO ETC) WAS MURDER MY CAUCASOIDS AMERIKKKANS (aka white ppl , roman, Israeli, gecians etc).

  4. This judge was a Muslim woman-she did not commit SUICIDE!!!!!!

    In this midst of all of this Xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment-a further investigation is definitely

    • Chris on said:

      WRONG, WRONG, WRONG……AGAIN, Linda. She was not a muslim woman. Just a tiny bit of research would have shown you that she married a muslim, took his name, BUT did not convert. They have this thing called the internet, where you could look things up. Even Tonya Pendleton got that part right.

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