October 28, 2020

Henry Wachtel is Author/ LaGuardia School Teacher Karyn Kay Son

Why did 19 year-old Henry Wachtel killed his 63 year-old Mother Karyn Kay, who was an author and teacher at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan? Who really is Henry Wachtel? His lawyers said it was due to the effects f his epylepsy drugs, What does his father said? It is Fordham University teacher Edward Wachtel?

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63 year-old Karyn Kay was a writer and filmmaker. Her books included Women and the Cinema: A Critical Anthology, Myrna Loy, and Besides Berman, a short work on independent films from Scandinavia. Recently she was an English—writing, film and literature teacher at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, as well as at Pratt. She is currently working on a feature film project, tentatively title Service. Ira Zinman is the producer.

Mrs. Kay has written primarily about issues of feminism in film. She conducted the first interview with Dorothy Arzner, the first woman director in Hollywood. She wrote and produced a feature film, Call Me, which won awards for screenwriting, and she has directed several shorts. She was also involved in making a documentary about children with learning disabilities, but her attention is currently focused on the feature, Service.

But something went terribly wrong  on April 10th when she was found lying in a pool of blood at her home in 300 West 55th St., earlier that day she called 911, requesting help for her son Henry Wachtel who was  suffering from a seizure, it is believe she was trying to help him and he turned to her in the call she screamed “Help me, Help Me He is attacking me.” But when police arrived they found Henry covered in blood and Karyn with a  fractured skull, broken eye socket and ribs in her kitchen floor, he beat her up with his fists, Karyyn was taken to Cornell University medical center unconscious, and was pronounced dead at 1:52 p.m.  Henry was arrested.

Neighbors said they heard Wachtel screaming..

He was screaming, “I’m sorry mommy! I’m sorry mommy!” over and over and over,’ one neighbor told the New York Daily News. ‘Then suddenly it all stopped.’

Other said they had a volatile relation, she had been telling friend Henry was  having anger issues, she was worried about him.

“The furniture would be flying,” she said. “It was a very unhealthy, dysfunctional mother and child relationship. I would go down and tell the doorman that they’re really at it again. It doesn’t surprise me that things spiraled out of control.”

“She said terrible things to him and you would hear things fly. I’d hear her yelling, ‘I hate you’ and ‘Why are you doing this to me?’ ” said that neighbor, Leigh Miller. “It went on for years, since Henry was a little boy.

19 year-old Henry Wachtel had been living in the building since he was a little boy, according to the porter at the Apartment building, he [Henry] was a law student at Fordham University starred in director Tatianna Kantorowicz’s 2011 short film Our Time as Derek. Derek starred next to his close friend Duncan Figurski and aspiring actress Julia Garner. According to recent reports Henry’s father who was divorce to Karyn, he is a professor at Fordham University, if i am not mistaken he  probably is Edward Wachtel he has been working with  the media production’s area at the University for 20 years.

Hia Lawyer  Llloyd Epstein said Henry was suffering from epilepsy, the  medication he takes might caused the attack, Henry  said he has no recollection of what happened.

Henry Wachtel was taken out of the apartment in handcuffs, he was charged with murder last night.

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2 thoughts on “Henry Wachtel is Author/ LaGuardia School Teacher Karyn Kay Son

  1. This is such a tragedy! Henry needs sympathy too–he is not a ‘murderer’, he suffered and will suffer forever. Medications can do horrible things, they can act on feelings and make them worse, or irreal. But he appears to have been completely out of control and not knowing what he was doing. Their home life may also have not been good, due to it being difficult for her to deal with her son’s troubles in particular and that in general, adolescence is a tough time, more so for those who have epilespsy and whose parents are critical, even if they felt they were loving……It seems he was taking way too many medications and this is a tragedy.

    His moma is gone and his life will be carrying this on his shoulders. He needs sympathy too, for he is the victim of his own illness……Carole

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