Manes Kills Self Two Months After Slashing Wrist and Ankle
NEW YORK (AP) _ Former Queens Borough President Donald Manes, who survived an apparent suicide attempt two months ago and has been linked to a growing city corruption scandal, fatally stabbed himself Thursday night, authorities said.
Manes, 52, died a little more than an hour after an ambulance was called to his Jamaica Estates home, where he was found lying on the kitchen floor with a stab wound to the chest, said Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward.
The knife was pulled out by Manes’ wife, Marlene, Ward said.
Manes, the chief executive of the borough of 2 million residents, had returned with his wife from dinner at his sister’s house and had just called his psychiatrist when his daughter saw him reaching into a kitchen drawer ″in an erratic manner,″ Ward said.
Lou Cafiero, spokesman for the Emergency Medical Service, said Manes ″had one stab wound to the chest, which entered his heart. He was in traumatic arrest - he had no vital signs.″
On Jan. 10 police stopped Manes’ car, which was weaving on a highway in Queens, and found him bleeding profusely from wounds in his wrist and ankle.
At first Manes told police he had been kidnapped and attacked. On Jan. 21 he admitted that his wounds had been self-inflicted.
He resigned the borough presidency, as well as the chairmanship of the Queens Democratic Party, on Feb. 11. Before the slashing in January, Manes was one of the most powerful figures in city politics.
Earlier this week, Manes’ friend Geoffrey Lindenauer, the former deputy director of the city Parking Violations Bureau, pleaded guilty to racketeering and mail fraud charges. The plea was part of a deal in which Lindenauer agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
A Queens businessman, Michael Dowd, has told prosecutors he paid bribes to Lindenauer at Manes’ bidding.
The scandal has mushroomed into an investigation of virtually all city agencies by local, state and federal agencies and prosecutors.
After Dowd’s allegations became public, Mayor Edward Koch, a friend and once an ally of Manes, called on him to resign.
″I would have staked my life on the honesty of Donald Manes,″ the mayor said. ″But nevertheless, even though he is someone I would have allowed to be the executor of my estate - I’ve known him for more than 20 years - I am convinced now that he engaged in being a crook.″