Saturday became a night of mayhem for a married couple. During the late hours of the night, shots rang out in the apartment in the Briarcliff section of Queens. Neighbors reportedly heard the commotion inside. April Young arrived at the residence after receiving a text message from her sister, Tracey Young, that her husband had punched her in the face. There was no answer at the door.
April called 911 at 11:09 p.m. Around 11:15 p.m., first responders discovered the body of Young, who was shot in the head and torso a total of 10 times with 13 9mm shell casings scattered around the apartment. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime, reported the Wall Street Journal.
Young worked for the Criminal Investigations Division of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. He husband, Clarence Cash, 49, is a retired NYPD police officer. He was nowhere to be found.
Around 6 a.m. Cash, a weight lifting brute, arrived a police precinct in Midtown South to turn himself for the brutal crime. He admitted to murder while telling officials that his wife didn't deserve that, reported the New York Post.
But what sparked a brutal killing of a woman supposedly in a happy marriage?
Well, whenever you have this unexpected of a spouse or a family entirely regardless of whether they are police or not, usually at the core of this whole thing is an undiagnosed psychiatric problem, Dr. Naftali Berrill told International Business Times' Crimes of New York. Typically, it's very severe depression. Sometimes you have paranoia associated with the crimes.
Reports indicate that the couple had an argument over money. Cash had just bought his wife a Louis Vuitton hand bag, although he was suffering financially, according to the New York Post. They got into an argument that led to a physical altercation. Young threatened to leave Cash. That put him over the edge.
When someone gets to the point when they do something that terrible, obviously, it is out of character for that person. said Dr. Berrill. Dr. Berril is a forensic psychologist and is the Executive Director of the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science. He has years of experience dealing with crime and criminals and analyzing behavior. We can only assume that this act stems in part to a very strange and bizarre place that he is operating from. It is very possible that Cash's financial stress was affecting him a very dramatic way and that the shooting was an unplanned, unmotivated attack on his spouse.
Dr. Berrill has seen murders like this before, where a husband kills a wife for a very disturbed reason. Berrill thinks that some level of despair, some level of disappointment led him to believe this was a good way to handle the stress of his marriage and the financial argument Cash had with this wife.
However, unlike many other criminals, Cash willfully turned himself in. Berill thinks that this clearly indicates remorse because despite the shooting there is a conscious that Cash knew he needed to be punished for his crimes. In fact, reports indicate that Cash appeared to be remorseful for his actions.
You won't get denials of the spouse disappearing, like in the Scott Peterson saga, said Berril.
This shocking murder turned out to be one of symbolism for Cash. After reeling from his Queens apartment, Cash walked around Rockaway Beach for nearly seven hours, trying to summon the courage to end his life. Finally, he turned himself to authorities. Although he was unable to pull the trigger at the beach, it is almost symbolically ending his own life, said Dr. Berrill. Now, he must live with the guilt and the shame of the crime, which might be even worse than death.
It is very self-punishing and speaks to me of a very troubled man, said Dr. Berrill.