Short, brutal life for ‘suitcase girl’
A short, brutal life reduced to ashes.
Melonie Biddersingh lies in a fetal position inside the metal remains of an incinerated suitcase, her small, emaciated body charred a horrific black. Doused with gasoline, with a tire to fuel the blaze, the girl in the suitcase is burned beyond recognition.
And so she remained — nameless and unmourned for almost 18 years, with no one held accountable for her egregious death.
But in a downtown courtroom, her 60-year-old father is now on trial. And as graphic, stomach-churning photos of his murdered 17-year-old daughter are shown to the jurors who will judge his fate, Everton Biddersingh doesn’t seem to flinch at all.
The father of seven has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the cold case that had stymied investigators for almost two decades. His wife, Elaine Biddersingh, faces the same charge and goes on trial next year.