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Bizarre Murder Puts a Damper on 2011 for The InterContinental Times Square

Where: 300 West 44th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
January 10, 2011 at 8:46 AM | by | ()

Less than a year after the hotel opened and just a week after the ball dropped in Times Square, a horrifying and bizarre murder took place in one of the guest rooms at the InterContinental Times Square on Friday night.

Portuguese fashion journalist, Carlos Castro, 65, was beaten to death and castrated by his 20-year-old companion after getting into an argument. The NY Post reports:

His head had been bashed in and, in a gruesome act of depravity, his testicles had been sliced off — possibly with a broken wine glass — police sources said.

Castro had been found by hotel workers after another friend was concerned about his safety. The companion, who was initially identified as Castro's boyfriend, Renato Seabra, checked into Roosevelt Hospital with self-inflicted cuts to his wrists. Police later took him to Bellevue where he remains under observation.

However, some reports now say Seabra was not gay but only dating Castro for his money. Also, it looks like a wine cork screw may have been the murder weapon.

This is the second murder in a NYC hotel within a month. A young woman was murdered in December at The Soho House and her boyfriend has now been charged with the crime.

While the Post reported that some guests staying at the hotel were "on edge", they can take some (but admittedly not much) comfort in the fact that it wasn't a random killing. But we certainly hope that this is the last hotel murder for the year for NYC...and everywhere.

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