NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Two days after he was charged with a spree of murders in New York City that left four people dead, a CBS 2 news producer spoke with accused killer Maksim Gelman from his psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital.
Gelman claims he was the victim of a Drug Enforcement Administration “set up.” On Tuesday at the hospital, Gelman told a handful of reporters the same thing.
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“The DEA set me up, they let this happen. They were there. If you are who you say you are, you have to look into this,” Gelman said appealing to the reporters to further investigate the issue.
CBS 2 Producer Pam Tighe said Gelman’s hands were “very nicked up” and that he had many cuts on his hands. Gelman did not make much eye contact with reporters during the seven-minute meeting.
The 23-year-old man also seemed aware of the hatred towards him.
“They are going to kill me. I am trying to make my peace with God. Sometimes, my mind isn’t right,” he said.
Tighe said Gelman appeared both anxious and agitated while rambling on.
“He didn’t seem to be a normal person sitting there,” Tighe said of Gelman.
Gelman refused to talk about his obsession with 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko, who was laid to rest along with her mother Tuesday afternoon. He also would not directly answer the question of whether he killed anyone.
When asked if he seemed to recognize the gravity of what had happened, Tighe said it remained unclear.
“When he talks about…’it’s a conspiracy’…that makes you think he might be…mentally ill. When he talks about ‘I’m trying to get right with God’ maybe that makes you think that he knows he did something really wrong,” Tighe said.