Thursday, March 1, 2007

Vincenzo Riccardi and the Senior Center

Another piece of the puzzle.

Every now and then, a van from the Southampton Senior Center came for Riccardi.

"He wasn't a bad man," said Giacoia, who saw Riccardi at the center irregularly from 1998 to 2003. On Sept. 13, 2003, his wife, Rose, died, records show. "He was a loner. That might be the word. "

Giacoia said she was notified that Riccardi was released from the Brunswick Psychiatric Hospital in Amityville in October 2005, though she could not say why he was there.

She followed up with him, but he became uninterested in receiving such services as home-delivered meals, adult day care, daily phone calls and transportation.

"I cook myself," Giacoia recalled him saying in a booming voice. "I'm fine."


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