It was the summer of 1968, the whole country was in turmoil. Unsolved murder of Binghamton North High French teacher Irene J. Izak on June 10th 1968 . Just 5 days earlier on June 5th, 1968 Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by a Palestinian. Senator Robert Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. Immediately after he announced to his cheering supporters that the country was ready to end its fractious divisions, Kennedy was shot several times by the 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. He died a day later. The summer of 1968 was a tempestuous time in American history. Both the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement were peaking. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in the spring, igniting riots across the country. In the face of this unrest, President Lyndon B. Johnson decided not to seek a second term in the upcoming presidential election. The whole country was in turmoil when on June 10th, 1968 petite French teacher Irene Izak was beaten to death by New York State Trooper David Hennigan, who served in the Army from 1957 to 1960.
The early morning hours of June 10, 1968, when the 25-year-old Ms. Izak, whose family had fled Ukraine during World War II, was driving her Volkswagen Beetle north along Interstate 81. Her ultimate destination was Montreal, where the longtime Francophile had an interview for a teaching job. While passing through the Watertown area, her car was stopped by a New York state trooper named David Hennigan. From there, she made her way to the toll booth entrance to the Thousand Islands Bridge. Not long after that, her body was found off the side of the road in the St. Lawrence River by, of all people, Trooper Hennigan. Later inquiries indicated her neck was broken from a blow to the back of her head at the base of her skull (brain stem) from a large metal flashlight, like what State Troopers carried in the 1960's
Also, Trooper Hennigan said he had stopped Ms. Izak for speeding, but tests revealed her Volkswagen wasn't capable of going the 75 miles an hour he claimed she was going (in a 1960's VW bug what the hell?). And the fact that he was able to spot her body with such ease, despite the pitch-black conditions, puzzled investigators. "There's so many ingredients here,". Trooper Hennigan was ultimately taken in for questioning, but his wife showed up and dragged him out. His role as a potential suspect effectively ended there. "We would hear her father say in Ukrainian, 'They covered up for one of their own,'".
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com