Irene Izak was 25 years old when she was murdered, she was 5′ 0″ tall and 103 lbs, she had at least 3 skull fractures and her face was pushed 2 to 3 inches in to the mud. Information from a former Binghamton North High student with direct links to very specific Police Intel concerning the murder of North High French teacher Irene J. Izak by a New York State Trooper. “Dear Bill, I read your post on FB about the murder of Ms. Izak with great interest. I went to Binghamton North in 1966 to 1968. My brother went there from 1964 to 1967. We both had Ms. Izak for a French teacher. Ms. Izak came to our home and tutored my brother in French. We lived very near the high school. So, we knew her better than one would usually know a teacher. After she died, the police came to our house and questioned us about our connection to Ms. Izak. They concluded we had nothing to do with it, which, of course, we didn’t. My uncle was a Binghamton police officer, a detective on the Binghamton police force at the time.
Here’s the interesting part. I never knew until now that this was an “unsolved” case! My uncle told us the trooper “went nuts” and killed her and he was “being treated”. They KNEW the trooper did it! It was covered up. Of course, my uncle isn’t the one who covered it up, but he knew about it and told us very matter of fact that the trooper did it. So, I never realized that it was considered unsolved. My uncle passed away twenty years ago. I remember that even when the newspaper account first came out, it sounded like the trooper did it, but then they “clarified” that he had pulled her over and later “found” her. They did say it was rocks, but, of course, it was the flashlight.”
Irene Izak, a young French teacher from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who had worked at Binghamton North High, was headed toward a new job and the promise of a new life in Quebec. She never reached the border that early June morning. Her still unsolved murder that took place in Watertown, NY, on a island that’s part of the Thousand Islands between Canada and the US. Savagely bludgeoned, her face and head pummeled with possibly a large metal flashlight which takes 5 D'cell batteries. Irene’s body was discovered in a ravine by state trooper David Hennigan patrolling Route 81.
Irene Izak told Trooper Hennigan that she had just left college and was heading to Canada, red flags for cops in 1968. The early morning hours of June 10, 1968, when the 25-year-old Ms. Izak, whose family had fled Ukraine in the 1940's was driving her tan 1965 Volkswagen Beetle north along Interstate 81. Her ultimate destination was Montreal, where the longtime Francophile had an interview for a teaching job. While passing through the Watertown area, her car was stopped by a New York state trooper named David Hennigan. From there, she made her way to the toll booth entrance to the Thousand Islands Bridge. Not long after that, her body was found off the side of the road near the St. Lawrence River by, of all people, Trooper Hennigan. Later inquiries indicated her neck was broken from a blow to the back of her head at the base of her skull (brain stem) from a large metal flashlight which takes 5 D'cell batteries, like what State Troopers carried in the 1960’s.
I had been going to Alexandria Bay on the St Lawrence with my pals every year since 1965 up to the summer of 1968, we were there in 1968, I know the area. Fort Drum home to the 10th Mountain Division was nearby and and a lot of the soldiers took their leave in Alexandria Bay. During David Hennigan's time with the US Army, 1957 to 1960 he ended doing duty as a MP at Fort Drum. It was the summer of 1968, the whole country was in turmoil, cops were on edge. The murder of Binghamton North High French teacher Irene Juliana Izak took place on June 10th 1968. Just 5 days earlier on June 5th, 1968 Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by a Palestinian. Senator Robert Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. He died a day later. The summer of 1968 was a very tempestuous time in American history.
Both the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement were peaking. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in the spring, igniting riots across the country. Weather Underground terrorists were targeting cops and bombing Federal Buildings. In the face of this unrest, President Lyndon B. Johnson decided not to seek a second term in the upcoming presidential election. The whole country was in turmoil on June 10th, 1968 and cops were on edge when petite French teacher Irene Izak was beaten to death by what now appears to be David Hennigan the state trooper turned priest.
While there were some embarrassing moments of defeat for the student activists, the SDS considered the Columbia University in NYC take-over to be a success. 12 NYPD police officers were injured, while over 700 protesters were arrested. Violence continued into the following day with students armed with sticks battling with officers. Frank Gucciardi, a 34-year-old NYPD police officer, was permanently disabled when a student jumped onto him from a second story window, breaking his back. New York State police would have been on high alert for anything suspicious on the Interstate especially students heading to Canada. Irene Izak was not a radical SDS protestor or linked to terrorist Bill Ayers Weather Underground, she was the complete polar opposite.
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Back in the day I had the honor to be in Miss Irene Izack's French class during my senior year at Binghamton North High School, she was in her early 20's and I was 17, I learned a little about French, but Miss Irene Izak's French class was always the highlight of my day. Irene Izak was the nicest, sweetest person anyone could ever met, she had a distinctive Ukrainian/French accent and was so unlike all the other older female teachers, except Miss Jacobs, at North High. Irene Izak would talk to you in the halls, she was always so helpful, everybody loved her at Binghamton North High.
Gov Rockefeller congrats Trooper David Hennigan in 1962 as he starts his career with NY State Police. For someone to bash in Miss Izak's skull out in the middle of nowhere in a ravine near the rest area on the grounds of DeWolf Point State Park Wellesley Island at around 2:00 am on the morning of June 10, 1968 is beyond comprehension. Irene Izak was a very petite young woman, 5' 0" tall 103 lbs, she never would or could hurt anyone. Irene Izak came from a very religious family her father was a Catholic priest from the Ukrainian Bryzantine sect, so he could take a wife, get married before he was ordained. Irene Izak went to Marywood college in Scranton PA a small women only Catholic college, she was sheltered from the violent radical ongoings at Universities like Columbia and Berkley home to SDS radicals. She was not one of them.
Irene Izak's still unsolved murder took place near Watertown and Alexandria Bay, NY, on a island that’s part of the Thousand Islands between Canada and the US. Savagely bludgeoned, her face and head pummeled with possibly a large metal flashlight which takes 5 D'Cell batteries. It was raining and pitch black, no way in hell NY State Trooper David Hennigan could have seen or found her body under those conditions. I spent several summers up at nearby Alexandria Bay, no way to see anything or anyone from Route 81 in a ravine at night in the rain, there were no lights in that area. When David Hennigan was being questioned by the police, his wife stormed into the interrogation room and whisked her husband out the door. David Hennigan immediately got a lawyer, and police were unable to question him any more about the murder without the threat of a lawsuit. David Hennigan became a deacon in his Catholic parish in Watertown, and refused requests for interviews.
David Hennigan continued as a state trooper and was also active with his sons as a scoutmaster after the murder of Irene Izak on June 10th, 1968. David Hennigan was always a devout Roman Catholic. David Hennigan joined the NY State Police in 1962, he was in the US Army from 1957 to 1960. David Hennigan began training for the priesthood in 1977. Three years later, on October 4, 1980, a bishop in Ogdensburg, New York, ordained David Hennigan a deacon of the Roman Catholic Church. As such, he became a pastoral assistant (Deacon) at his Watertown parish Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. His duties included all church activities except the two restricted to real priests Celebrating (Saying) Mass and Hearing Confessions. For 3 years he did double duty as Church Deacon and NY State Trooper, he retired from road patrol in September 1983 after 21 years as a NY State Trooper.
An autopsy revealed that Irene Izak had at least three fractures to her skull. In a revived investigation in 1998, Dr. Michael Baden, chief forensic pathologist for the state police, revealed a blow to the back of her neck from a round cylinder item, like a large flashlight, was likely what killed her. I will continue to aggressively promote my investigation of Irene Izak's unsolved murder and hopefully with the aid of the media we can get the FBI involved in the investigation of her 'covered up' murder by a NYS Trooper. There is no Statute of Limitations on a murder case, having no statute of limitations on murder allows law enforcement to occasionally solve cold cases like this one. The Media needs to get involved and put a burning spotlight on why the murder of Irene Izak never moved forward when there were several incriminating pieces of evidence that implicated David Hennigan in her murder. FBI needs to take over the investigation of Irene Izak's murder, the family of Irene Izak needs closure, she still has siblings in the Binghamton NY area, this is not 'CASE CLOSED' yet.
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