“We knew it was him,” said Ms. Mapes mother, Theresa Mapes. “It was too brutal of a crime for it to be anybody else.”
Said Mrs. Mapes, “Right now, it’s unbelievable. It’s heart-wrenching. It’s a long time coming. For me, it took forever. The detectives were awesome. The DA was awesome.”
Crupi was arrested Tuesday morning in his mother's Brooklyn home. His parents have not been implicated in the crime as of yet.
Relations between Crupi and his wife’s side of the family chilled in the days following the killing — Ms. Mapes uncles, Nick Liverani,Frank Liverani recalled that they were “unable to make eye contact” with his family members during the wake and funeral.
Frank and Nick Liverani spoke bluntly about Crupi’s actions, saying that the supposedly grieving husband had shown no visible emotion or anger. He would frequently brush off family members’ questions and comments about the police investigation, at one point remarking, “I have to get on with my life,” Liveranis recounted.
“It was very odd. It was very weird,”The Liveranis said.
At the wake, “The husband can up to us ,I am so sorry,
He had also started using a disposable cell phone, Liverani said.
Another uncle, Frank Liverani, said he was feeling emotions” about the arrest -- happy that Crupi was in custody and faces life in prison, but very very sad about his niece being taken from them in such an evil way.
“She was a good person, and the world is not a better place without her,” he said. “She was destined to do great things, and evil just took her."