Killer Hooker Busted in NYC

The world of prostitution and sex work is known to be dangerous and risky. Though that’s usually considered to be regarding the safety and health of women and men who work in the sex industry.

One issue that doesn’t often come up is danger towards the individuals using prostitutes and paying them for their services.

Now, a case in Queens, New York, has exposed a dark side of the sex work industry that has those who use prostitutes thinking twice.

It all stems from the death of four men in 2019 under mysterious circumstances.

Johns Dropping Like Flies

In 2019, four men died under mysterious circumstances.

They included a famous chef called Andrea Zamperoni of the popular restaurant Cipriani Dolci. Then, evidence began to emerge following the deaths of Zamperoni and the other men.

It turned out they paid for the services of an escort called Angelina Barini, prior to their untimely deaths. Investigators also found their systems full of fentanyl and GHB, a date rape drug during autopsy.

Barini was located, arrested, and charged with the murder of these four men. During trial, it emerged that she poisoned Zamperoni and the others in order to try to steal their money.

From a young age, Barini had been traumatized by being frequently mistreated as a kid and adolescent and later became a drug addict.

Judge Sentences Barini for 30 Years

Despite her troubled past and drug habit that prompted her to become desperate for money, Judge Brian Cogan said there were no amount of excuses that made it OK for her to murder men she’d voluntarily agreed to sleep with for money.

As she was sentenced, Barini broke down in tears multiple times. Family members who spoke about what’s happening said they aren’t sorry for her, including her cousin who says the murder means she “deserves” what she now receives in punishment.

Other family members, such as Barini’s sister, don’t agree. Her sister Sally has plans to appeal the sentence and said it’s too “harsh” for what Barini did.

The details of the murders are quite graphic.

After killing Zamperoni, Barini pushed his dead corpse into a garbage can outside the Elmhurst Motel during summer 2019. She robbed multiple individuals, but in these four cases, they became fatal.

The Bottom Line

The judge says he’s tired of hearing excuses and hit Barini with thirty years. Her sister disagrees, saying the johns who wanted to use her body for money were also choosing to put themselves in a risky situation.


This is becoming quite a controversial case that exposes a lot of the tensions in the American justice system between victims and perpetrators.

What do readers think? Is this sentence fair? Should Barini have received an even harsher sentence or a smaller one?

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