NEW YORK — A fashion designer was found dead Thursday in an overflowing bathtub in a swank hotel room, and her boyfriend — the son of an Academy Award-winning songwriter — was being questioned by police, a law enforcement official said.
Sylvie Cachay, 33, was found in a Soho House room after police received a call from the Manhattan hotel at about 3 a.m., police said. Water had been leaking from a ceiling, and hotel staff went to the floor above, where they found Cachay, dressed in a thin black sweater and underwear, submerged face up in the 6 1/2-foot oval tub.
Cachay's boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, the 24-year-old son of "You Light Up My Life" songwriter Joseph Brooks, was seen leaving the hotel earlier and returned at about 3:30 a.m. to find police there, the law enforcement official said.
Jury deliberating Utah street preacher's fate
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SALT LAKE CITY — A jury on Thursday began deliberating the fate of a nomadic street preacher charged with the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, after hearing federal prosecutors call him a "predatory chameleon" and defense lawyers say he's too delusional to be convicted.
The facts of the case aren't disputed: Even attorneys for Brian David Mitchell say there's no question their client kidnapped Smart from her Utah bedroom when she was 14 and raped her until she was found months later, walking a suburban street with Mitchell and his now-estranged wife, Wanda Barzee.
But attorney Robert Steele told jurors Thursday that Mitchell's actions were colored by long-standing delusional beliefs, and that the jury should find him not guilty by reason of insanity, sending him to a mental institution.
Jurors also could convict him of the crime, or find him not guilty.