'Headless Body In Topless Bar' Killer Wants Parole

Published January 23, 2012 6:36PM (EST)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A parole hearing is set for a 53-year-old prison inmate whose crime inspired the sensational 1983 tabloid headline "Headless body in topless bar."

Authorities say Charles Dingle will have a videoconference hearing Wednesday from Wende Correctional Facility in western New York.

He was convicted of shooting Queens bar owner Herbert Cummings, taking four women hostage, raping one and ordering another to cut off Cummings' head to get rid of the bullet as evidence. He then fled with two hostages and the head.

Dingle is serving 25 years to life in prison for murder, robbery, rape and kidnapping. He has been denied parole before.

Dingle told the New York Post in 2010 he couldn't take responsibility for the crime because he didn't do it. The headline ran on the Post's cover.

By Salon Staff

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