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‘Serial killer’ handyman who ‘strangled, stabbed & bludgeoned 3 elderly women’ in NYC ‘claims they owed him money’

A HANDYMAN has been accused of strangling, stabbing and bludgeoning three elderly women at a senior home in Brooklyn, New York.

Kevin Gavin, 66, is responsible for the deaths of three women at the Carter G. Woodson Houses in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood, police officials said during a Thursday press conference.

Gavin - who ran errands for some elderly people living in the building - was arrested on Wednesday for the three murders, which took place between 2015 and 2021.

According to NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison, forensic evidence and credible witnesses helped lead to Gavin's arrest.

Police said Gavin killed 82-year-old Myrtle McKenny in November 2015, 83-year-old Jacolia James in May 2019, and 78-year-old Juanita Caballero on January 15, 2021.

McKenny was who was originally suspected to have died of natural causes in her apartment when she was found by her home health aide, but it was determined she had a stab wound in her neck.

James, who was discovered by her grandson, had "highly suspicious" injuries on her face and neck.

Caballero was found by her son - lying on the floor of her apartment with a telephone cord around her neck.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said the three women were victims of "unspeakable acts of violence against."

Gavin - who had a handful of prior arrests for drugs and burglary - confessed to killing the women, according to police.

Police also revealed Gavin killed his victims after arguing "over money or finances."

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted on Thursday: "Investigating a recent homicide, your @NYPDDetectives connected it to the deaths of 2 other seniors in the building dating back to 2015.

"Today, because of your NYPD detectives’ relentless investigatory work, we announce that 1 man is being charged with all 3 of these murders.

"While no arrest will ever bring a lost loved one back to us, we hope it helps provide some semblance of closure to their families, & prevents another NYer from experiencing that same devastating loss," a followup tweet read.

"Special thanks to @BrooklynDA for their partnership during this investigation."

Police are trying to find out if there are any additional victims.

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