Even in New York’s violent history, it was one of the strangest mysteries ever seen.
The 82-year-old socialite and heiress Irene Silverman vanished from her Upper East Side mansion.
A fifty-strong team of FBI and NYPD officers scoured the city’s streets, trying to find an old woman who had vanished without trace.
No one knew if she was dead or alive.
One of the city’s richest women had completely disappeared – and the police quickly hit a dead end.
But then another elderly woman, Sante Kimes, and her son Kenny, were arrested on minor fraud charges.
Could they be linked to the disappearance of Irene Silverman?
One eagle-eyed NYPD officer believed they might be.
As the police investigated the pair, a horrifying picture emerged: the mother and son were linked to a brutal series of thefts, fraud, kidnappings and multiple murders throughout the country, for which they had so far escaped arrest.
And in New York they were attempting the most audacious crime of their brutal career.
In ‘Manhattan Murder Mystery’ the true crime writer Alix Kirsta describes Irene Silverman’s last chilling days and hours, and the horrifying plot that eventually saw the Kimeses charged with murder.
It culminated in what has been called Manhattan’s “trial of the century”.
But even today, the mystery persists.
Irene Silverman’s body has never been found, and her last moments and the cause of death remain unknown.