MANHATTAN — The prime suspect in the brutal 2004 killing of Juilliard student Sarah Fox will visit the 34th Precinct Tuesday to hand over a letter with new clues he hopes will crack the case and clear his name, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.
Dimitry Sheinman, 47, returned to New York City last week after living in South Africa for five years. He claimed that his clairvoyant powers had provided him with the name of a possible suspect as well as other vital information in a murder that rocked the city almost a decade ago.
Fox, a spiky-haired 21-year-old Juilliard School of Music student, disappeared while jogging in Inwood Hill Park on May 19, 2004. Her naked body was found days later in a posed position surrounded by tulip pedals. She had moved to Inwood just a month before she was killed.
Sheinman told "On The Inside" that it is "symbolic" for him to exchange the confidential information with detectives at the 34th Precinct because that is where Fox’s body was found, and where he lived when he was identified as the case's "No. 1 suspect" by former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.
"I deal with symbolism," said the self-described clairvoyant, artist and spiritualist. "I want the higher-ups to give it important attention. I feel it is most powerful by doing this in the neighborhood where it happened."
He said he will hold a press availability outside the 34th Precinct before walking in and handing over the letter.
Shortly after the killing, cops questioned Sheinman, a park regular who walked his Rhodesian ridgeback dog there, after they heard he had clashes with people about letting his pet off the leash.
Sheinman cooperated, telling cops he was psychic. He told police things only the killer could know, such a stick was left between Fox's leg and she suffered a broken rib from a hard blow.
"I am an honest person," Sheinman said. "I never did anything to a woman."
He said his most powerful new lead is the name of a possible suspect — a name that came to him "in white letters on a black background when things were crushing down on me."
"I was walking in the park and saw the name on black background and I wrote it down and immediately gave it to my wife."
He said he kept the name to himself, but after several other clairvoyants over the years came up with the same name he decided to give it to the police.
"I always wanted to cooperate," he said. "I am not saying this is the guy. It is up to the police to nail him.
"There is nothing I want more than for this person to be caught, and clear my name," he said. "I will drink champagne in the street."
Sheinman said his letter contains the names of the four other clairvoyants who have helped him.
"I hope the police take this seriously," he said. "There is a difference between clairvoyants and crazy people."
Sheinman remains the prime suspect in Fox’s murder, authorities said.
Since he left the country, he said he has written a 250,000-word book titled "Is He Friendly?" a reference to a common question he was asked about his dog in the park.