Joel Rifkin recalled the murder of prostitute Mary Ellen DeLuca as being uniquely strange. Rifkin picked up Deluca on Jamaica Avenue in Queens and spent the night driving her to various locations around New York to pick up drugs. The two finally ended up in a seedy motel. Deluca first balked at sex, wanting more drugs, then hastily performed the act. All the while, Rifkin stated that she complained about her life, telling him that she was miserable and a slave to her addiction to crack. Rifkin asked her if she wanted to die, and she allegedly said yes. Rifkin then proceeded to kill her. The most striking aspect of her death, Rifkin remembered, was that she didn’t put up the least bit of a struggle as he strangled her, but simply lay there.