“They found DNA on the victims that didn’t match mine — a big surprise,” he wrote to a prison friend via Green’s Last Call in 2003, “and they found no evidence of a crime scene in my house or…” my apartment , where I lived at the time.”
But prosecutors relied heavily on the fingerprint evidence. “Thomas Mulcahy, 16 fingerprints, nine different fingers,” Ocean County Attorney William Heiser said in his opening speech. “Anthony Marrero, two fingerprints on the bag that contains his head and another palm print. Peter Anderson, 17 fingerprints and one palmprint. Michael Sakara is found dead 27 hours after being seen with him.”
Although he was ultimately not charged with the murders of Anderson and Sakara — both murders that remain technically unsolved to this day — authorities then and now expressed their belief that Rogers killed them both, and the judge at his trial in 2005 allowed prosecutors to present evidence these cases.
Rogers did not testify on his own behalf. After a few hours of deliberation, the jury found him guilty of murder.
Mulcahy’s daughter Tracey sent the judge a statement calling her father “a good man who has worked hard and who deserves the best in life.” To me… what Richard Rogers did was all the more tragic. “
Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York premieres Sunday, July 9 at 9 p.m. on HBO and streams on Max, with episodes arriving weekly.