An East Norwich man told police he didn’t want terrorists to torment him and his wife so he killed her by stabbing her more than 30 times Sunday then tried to commit suicide, a Nassau prosecutor said Wednesday at his arraignment in an East Meadow hospital
Warren Marc Drucker, 67, lying in his bed at Nassau University Medical Center with tubes in his nose, was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge. An attorney from the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.
“I heard voices telling me they’re going to torture me and my wife,” Drucker told police after his arrest, according to Nassau Assistant District Attorney Veronica Guariglia of the Major Offense Bureau.
Drucker stabbed his wife, Wendy Ginsberg Drucker, 61, in the neck and upper part of her body in the couple’s apartment at the Heatherwood complex on Pine Hollow Road on Oct. 30, according to police and the criminal complaint.
“I did it before the evil terrorists can get to her,” Drucker told police, according to Guariglia.
Warren Ducker called 911 about 1:40 p.m. and police said when they arrived they found his wife dead. A neighbor said she did not hear the couple, who had been married for 16 years, argue before the fatal attack. A source said Wendy Ginsberg Ducker was recently treated for uterine cancer. A month ago, she took to social media and asked for money to pay for her treatment.
Surrounded by lawyers, a stenographer, a court clerk and court officers, Drucker answered a few questions posed to him on Wednesday by Nassau District Court Judge David McAndrews, who, after hearing Drucker’s responses, deemed he qualifies for free legal services.
At one point during arraignment, Drucker interrupted Guariglia, and said he tried to kill himself. Judge McAndrews advised Drucker to only speak through his attorney.
Guariglia continued to provide additional details contained in Warren Drucker’s confession, saying Drucker told police ISIS was going to torture him and his wife.
“I tried to kill myself and couldn’t find my aorta in my neck. I tried to slit my wrist, but got tired — stuck the knife in my eye to get at my brain,” Drucker told police, according to Guariglia.
Warren Ducker did not have any obvious injuries to his eyes. His left hand, however, was covered in a white bandage.
Judge McAndrews ordered Drucker held without bail.