Man charged after two bodies discovered in Queens brush fire

Posted: 8:13 PM, Mar 12, 2013
Updated: 2013-03-12 23:14:52-04
Queens Brush Fire

An early-morning two-alarm fire in Howard Beach required the assistance of 106 firefighters from 25 different companies and took nearly two hours to get under control, and, when they did, they discovered the charred remains of two men.

Police arrested a man after a Howard Beach brush fire revealed the bodies of two men earlier this month inside the Queens Spring Creek Park Reserve.

Rogelio Rodriguez, 34, is charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal tampering after police discovered the bodies of 22-year-old Rudy Superville and 25-year-old Gary Lopez on March 6.

The bodies were discovered in an area notorious for being a mob dumping ground after a large fire burned away the brush covering them.

Both men were badly burned after the plastic bags they were stuffed in melted around them.

According to the NY Times, the park was used to hide dead bodies during the 1930s by the infamous Murder Incorporated mob hit squad, as well as by Gambino soldier Roy DeMeo, who is believed to have dumped some 200 of his victims there.