Murder at the Met: Revisiting the 1980 murder of violinist at Lincoln Center

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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