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Was An NYC Sanitation Worker Behind The Deaths Of Both His First Wife And His Pregnant Mistress?

Lisa Eatmon, who was eight months pregnant, was shot in the head and dumped off a pier into the Hudson River. Who could have done that to her?

By Becca van Sambeck
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Lisa Eatmon was just a month away from giving birth to a baby boy when she was found dead, floating in the Hudson River.

The 33-year-old woman was already a mother to a 12-year-old girl. Before taking on her job as a repairwoman for Toshiba, she served for many years in the Army, and had only recently moved to New York City from Philadelphia. But as she looked forward to the joyous birth of her second child, she was shot in the head and dumped off a pier in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC, The New York Times reported in 2005.

The main suspect? The father of the child, a 42-year-old city sanitation worker named Roscoe Glinton. And Eatmon wasn't the first of his romantic partners to meet a violent death. 

Glinton's first wife and the mother of three of his children, Deborah Glinton, vanished from their home in Orange County, New York in June 1998. She worked as a dental assistant, and her office called the police after she hadn't come in or answered her phone which was unusual for her, according to a separate 2005 New York Times report.

When authorities arrived at her home, they found her three young children but neither parent. The kids said they assumed their mom was at work — and revealed their parents had been fighting the night before about money, the outlet reported. When they tracked down Roscoe Glinton, he admitted to the argument but said he hadn't seen his wife the following morning before he left for work.

In the ensuing investigation, his extramarital affairs were exposed. Police also found Deborah's diary, in which she allegedly wrote that her husband was abusive and that just days before she vanished he had tried to put a running hair dryer into her bath, The New York Post reported in 2006. But Roscoe Glinton denied any involvement in her killing, even after Deborah's bones were discovered in 2001 by the New York State Thruway. A cause of death was never determined.

Roscoe Glinton remarried and had a daughter with his second wife, but he wasn't a changed man. He met Eatmon at a party and they soon began a relationship. When he found out Eatmon was pregnant with their child, Glinton was furious, The New York Post reported. 

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