Release of Herman Bell, Convicted Cop Killer Sparks Outrage
The wife of a cop killer dived for her death, after jumping from the roof of a California nursing home in May and did it as an act of suicide, it has emerged.
Nancy Jacot-Bell, was married to Herman Bell, who was controversially paroled in April after the award of two New York City officers in 1971, jumped from the fifth floor roof terrace of the Bayside Park retirement community on May 12, according to the New York Post.
“Someone who commits suicide, that is a terrible thing for all the family,” Diane Piagentini, the widow of one of the officers killed by Bell, told the newspaper this week. “That’s a shock.”
Jacot-Bell, 71, married Bell two decades in his 47-years in prison for the killing of NYPD Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones. The Black Liberation Army member had lured the officers, 28 and 33, respectively, to an apartment building for an ambush, the New York Post reported.
Jones immediately died in the shooting, while Piagentini begged for his life, explaining that he had a wife and two young daughters at home. Instead of saving money for the injured officer, who reportedly had been hit 12 times, then place the Call with his own service weapon to finish him off.
Jacot-Bell’s death came just a few weeks after Herman’s release on 27 April, which is still being appealed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
“The current parole process contains giant loopholes in the law that allows murderous monsters like Herman Bell to game the system by forging a fake story tailor-made for the new parole guidelines, which do not have enough weight on the nature of the crime,” PBA President Patrick Lynch had said, at the end of April.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the time said he did not agree with the parole board’s decision, but also that he has no control over.
Despite this, Bell has now the right to vote under a new policy that came into force under Cuomo.
“How can he do anything? This is a convicted felon. He beat the police in New York,” Piagentini said in an interview with “Fox & Friends”.
The New York Post reports that Jacot-Bell and Bell have two now-adult children together and he is currently in Brooklyn.
A copy of a March 1 parole board hearing is viewed by the newspaper, said Bell wanted to be released to California “where my family lives”, so he could get a job as an archivist who would be “speaking at schools.”
Jacot-Bell’s death was ruled as a suicide, the Alameda County Coroner’s Office said, and there was only three days into her stay at the facility.
She said in an interview with the San Francisco newspaper in 2008 that, “my husband and I speak on the phone every night.”
Jacot-Bell, in an e-mail addressed to the New York State Board of Parole in 2014, pushing for Herman’s release, also claimed that the change of their regulations.
“The cost of the incarceration of millions of people is astronomical, and the waste from the confinement of thousands of people could survive with success on the outside is unconscionable and deeply hurt multitudes of New York’s citizens,” she wrote.