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Carroll Gardens Death May Not Be Murder

By Lisa M. Collins

The husband of the woman who was found bleeding from her head in her Sackett Street apartment has opened up to The Brooklyn Paper, saying that his wife suffered from a blood-clotting illness, was a heavy drinker and was on anti-anxiety medicine, and also was in extremely fragile health, in the days before she died. She was found in her apartment bleeding on the kitchen floor by a deli worker on Court Street who would check in on her at the husband’s request.

The death of a 55-year-old Elizabeth Borst, in her home on Clinton Street, near the corner of Sackett, is under investigation. According to a story in The New York Daily News, the autopsy was inconclusive.

If Borst’s death is determined to be a murder, it would be the first in quiet Carroll Gardens in more than a year. 

Carroll Gardens is in the 76th Police Precinct, which is one of the lowest crime districts in the city. There were no murders in the 76th Precinct in 2012, compared to 4 in 2011, and 13 in 1990.  The last homicide appears to have occurred in July 2011, when a 36-year-old was beaten on Baltic Street, between Hoyt and Bond, and witnesses found the man with a skull fracture at 12:20 a.m.

Homicide is quite rare in the prime area of Carroll Gardens, short of a the high-profile and gruesome murder of a radio announcer in his apartment on 1st Place and Henry Street back in March 2009. In that case, George Weber was stabbed to death by a mentally-unstable young man whom he met online. The blind date, a sexual get-together, went awry after Weber gave the teen cocaine. 

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