Crimes can be complicated when they are surrounded by issues that produce no evidence. Could there have been any acts of foul play when the suspected issue was due to the circulation of an apartment community’s petition for the manager to turn on the building”s heat during those cold NY months?
Here are more facts:
54-year-old Michael Sullivan and his 36-year-old girlfriend, Camden Sylvia, were two artists who lived together in a loft in Manhattan, New York City, and they had a pretty sweet deal going on. They shared a rent-controlled loft that they only paid $300 a month for, which is a steal considering the area they lived in, and they were described as a very happy couple. On the evening of November 7, 1997, they went out on one of their routine jogs together, and along the way were seen visiting a video store just down the street from their loft to rent a movie, but after that they seem to have just vanished off the face of the earth and no one has seen them since, beginning a strange unsolved mystery that has seen no answers in sight.
It was not until several days later that anyone realized that anything was wrong. It would turn out that no one had heard from them at all, and neighbors had not seen them coming or going. Sylvia’s mother came over to the loft to visit and see what was going on, but no one was home. After failing to get into contact with her daughter, she became more worried and let herself into the loft, which was completely in order. All of the couple’s personal belongings had been left behind, including their eyeglasses, money, passports, and wallets, there was no sign of any sort of break-in or struggle, and indeed it seemed as if someone would be home at any minute. The only things missing were their running shoes and a tote bag Sylvia often carried with her, and that was it. So where had they gone? No one had a clue. Their bank and credit card records were checked to find that they had not been used, so it was as if they had just evaporated suddenly.
When they were reported missing, police were soon able to learn some sinister new information from other tenants in the same building. It turned out that there had been some tension between them and the landlord, a man by the name of Robert Rodriguez. It seems as if Rodriguez had been criticized for trying to raise the rent significantly, as well as often turning on the building’s heating late in the winter time, to the point that Michael had put together a petition of all of the tenants threatening to have a rent strike if something was not done about the heating issue. As a matter of fact, it would turn out that Michael had handed this petition to Rodriguez on November 7, the very same day the couple had disappeared.