Donald Nash

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Donald J. Bowers

1936 (age 87–88)
Other namesMorris Rubin
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Conspiracy to murder
  • Attempted murder
  • Abduction
  • Murder
Criminal penalty100-year sentence
Victims4 confirmed
CountryUnited States
  • Midtown Manhattan
  • New York
  • Queens
  • Ridgewood
Date apprehended
April 19, 1982

Donald Nash (né Donald J. Bowers; born 1936[1]) is an American hitman, former taxi driver and construction worker who was sentenced to a 100-year prison sentence in Green Haven Correctional Facility after being convicted of conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, abduction and murder on May 24 1983 by a jury of nine men and three women in state supreme court in Manhattan. He was arrested from Frankfort, Kentucky on April 19 1982 after found guilty in highly discussed murders of three CBS technicians and a federal witness. He also slashed throat of Roy Tucker, a prisoner who was charged with second-degree murder in Albany County, New York. Nash used different types of weapons such as metal pipe and a 12-inches wood piece with razor blades while murdering or attacking people.[2][3]

He lived in Keansburg, New Jersey. He was born as Donald J. Bowers, but legally changed his name to Donald Nash four years ago he committed murders. During the intensive investigation by the New York City Police Department and by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.), he used an unreal pseudonym, Morris Rubin. He held several odd jobs throughout his life. Prior to murders, he was arrested seven times in New York and New Jersey since 1952. The last time before he appeared in murder cases, was arrested on an arrest warrant from New York, he however, didn't appear in Manhattan's criminal court.[4]


Nash was hired at $8,000 for each murder by Candor Diamond Corporation's former owner Irwin Margolies for murdering two CBS employees named Margaret Barbera and Jenny Soo Chin, as he feared both women had informed federal prosecutors to his $5.7 million ponzi scheme. On April 12 1982, he murdered the two on a rooftop parking lot in Midtown Manhattan and vanished Chin's body.[5][6]

Murder of Roy Tucker

Roy Tucker was serving a 25-year sentence for murder charges. He and Nash were working in Auburn Correctional Facility's kitchen and were preparing meals for other prisoners. Nasha slashed his throat with a 12-inch board spiked with side-by-side razor blades. Prior to the incident, both men had worked together in the Attica Correctional Facility's mess hall since being transferred from the Attica town of the New York.[7][8]

Murder of Jenny Soo Chin

On January 5 1982, Jenny Soo Chin, witness of Margaret Barbera's execution was abducted in New York City's Queens. Her bloodstained car was discovered nine days later she murdered, however her body was never discovered and was presumed dead.

Murder of Margaret Barbera

On April 12 1982, Margaret Barbera (38), a federal witness of Irwin Margulies's trial lived at an apartment on Grandview Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens.[9] She along with three fellow employees named Sticca's peers—Leo Kuranuki, Robert Schulze, and Edward Benford were trying to catch up on the roof of a Hudson River garage. They saw a man was forcibly dragging Barbera's limp body toward a van. They tried to intervene, but were shot in the head, however, Sticca fled from the place. The next morning, Barbera’s body was found in Manhattan.[10] This was recognized one of the most terrified murder cases occurred in the New York City during the 1980s.[9]


He killed a government witness, Margaret Barbera, and her friend, Jenny Soo Chin (46), who disappeared since Barbera was killed and is presumed dead. Later, he killed three CBS technicians who were the witnesses of Barbera's murder.

His attorney, Lawrence Hochheiser, presented one witness, an ophthalmologist in the court. The doctor presented his testimonial evidence stating Nash's one eye was nearly blind due to his poor vision and has possible glaucoma disease. He also argued that his blind eye "made him an unlikely hitman".

The prosecution presented Nash's nephew, Thomas Dane (34), including 136 other witnesses in the matter. Dane testified against his Nash. After visiting Barbera's apartment, Chin of Teaneck, New Jersey, disappeared on January 5 1982. Her presumed-killing was compared to Nash's murder case for using the same weapon he used to kill Barbera.[11]

Later development

An American author, Richard Hammer wrote a book titled The CBS Murders which was originally published by the New American Library (NAL) in 1988. The book covers story of murders of CBS employees.


  • Hammer, Richard (1988). The CBS Murders. New American Library. p. 238. Retrieved 2020-06-28.


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