'Free Maksim Gelman' Facebook Page Elicits Fury
By Nicole Bode
DNAinfo Senior Editor
A Facebook fan page apparently created in support of accused serial murderer Maksim Gelman has drawn a host of rage-filled comments.
The "Free Maksim Gelman Now" page was created Sunday afternoon and bore the comment "MAKSIM IS INNOCENT! A HERO, NOT A MURDERER! SET HIM FREE!"
The post drew the ire of some online users, who railed against the page dedicated to a 23-year-old Brooklyn man accused of going on a bloody two-day murder spree that left four people dead and at least five others injured.
Maksim was caught Sunday in an uptown 3 train at Times Square after slashing a straphanger, police said.
"i hope whoever made this f---in rots...someone should come and take your life the way he did theirs..u should drown in ur sorrows like he is and die," wrote Donald Langschultz.
Facebook user Michael Shusterman added, "i hope whoever made this page bleeds from every hole in theyr body ..."
Still, the page attracted eight people who "liked" it by 1 p.m. Monday, as well as sympathetic commenters who supported Gelman's right to due process.
""we should all just let the courts of justice do their jobs and not rush to any decision, i mean it's innocent until PROVEN guilty, so let's all lay off the hateorade for a quick min," wrote Brian Zhou.
Gelman was arraigned in Brooklyn on Sunday night on four counts of murder, one of attempted murder, one count of assault, two counts of robbery and two counts of possession of a weapon.
He allegedly started his crime spree Saturday by killing his stepfather in their Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn home, then went on a carnage-filled trip across the city that left 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko and her mother Anna dead, before fatally striking a pedestrian with his car, police said. Gelman allegedly ran over a crossing guard and broke both of his legs, slashed three other men, one of whom was a cabdriver, during apparent carjackings, and slashed a straphanger in a Times Square 3 train on Monday.
He was assigned permanent legal counsel in Brooklyn on Monday, and could be brought to Manhattan court later this week to face charges in the Times Square subway slashing, officials said.