Man stabs his teen girlfriend 38 times and dumps her body in a barrel

Francis Pellerano 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after stabbing his teen girlfriend and dumping her dead body in a barrel, prosecutors in New York said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the conviction of Bismark Lithgow, 26, for fatally stabbing his 19-year-old girlfriend in his Harlem apartment.

The defendant was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of the sole count in the indictment against him, Murder in the Second Degree.

“Francis Pellerano was brutally murdered at the hands of this defendant, who stabbed her more 38 times before callously leaving her body in a barrel in his room,” said District Attorney Vance.

“Bismark Lithgow planned Pellerano’s death and later attempted to disguise his actions, showing no regard for human life. A jury rightfully found him guilty of Murder in the Second Degree in less than two hours,” Vance said.

Lithgow stabbed his 19-year-old girlfriend, Francis Pellerano, 38 times in his apartment located on the corner of West 140th Street and 7th Avenue in Harlem.

When NYPD officers arrived at Lithgow’s apartment nearly three days later, they discovered the victim’s body inside a barrel in Lithgow’s room.

A black plastic bag containing a knife and blood-covered towels was found next to the barrel.