MANHATTAN (PIX11) — The Investigation Discovery channel’s “Motives and Murders,” airing Tuesday night, revisits the 1980 killing of 30-year old Helen Hagnes Mintiks, a violinist at the Metropolitan Opera who was killed at Lincoln Center.
Mintiks disappeared the night of July 23, 1980. at intermission during a performance by the Berlin Ballet, and was later found nude, thrown in a ventilation shaft in the building.
After a five week investigation, 21-year-old Craig Steven Crimmins was charged with killing the violinist.
Crimmins worked at the Met for four years as a stagehand.
Crimmins was sentenced at trial the next year to 20 years to life.
Watch PIX’s original coverage of the Crimmins arrest in 1980