DNA links suspected NJ serial killer to 1965 murder of high school student

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Robert Zarinsky's mug shot from Aug. 25, 1969, arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a minor (Rosemary Calandriello). (Wikipedia)

Robert Zarinsky’s mug shot from Aug. 25, 1969, arrest for contributing to
the delinquency of a minor (Rosemary Calandriello). (Wikipedia)

FREEHOLD, New Jersey — New evidence has linked a suspected New Jersey serial killer to a 50-year-old cold case in which a high school girl’s body was found naked and battered.

Monmouth County prosecutors and New Jersey State Police announced the breakthrough DNA findings Wednesday.

Robert Zarinsky, of Linden, was serving a life term in state prison for murdering Rosemary Calandriello, a 17-year-old Atlantic Highlands, when he died in November 2008.

Now, DNA evidence has connected Zarinsky to the murder of another teenager, 18-year-old Mary Agnes Klinsky, whose body was found in 1965.  Klinsky died of blunt-force trauma; her body showed signs of sexual assault and her skull was riddled with fractures.

A Garden State Parkway maintenance crew found the Raritan Township High School senior’s naked body face down under a guardrail near what is now Exit 116.

Zarinsky was about to stand trial in the 1968 murder of a third girl, 13-year-old Jane Durrua, whose body was found in a North Middletown field, when he died of cystic fibrosis.

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