The widow of accused “Duck Sauce Killer” Glenn Hirsch endured decades of “sadistic” beatings and rapes and wouldn’t dare stop him from storing guns and ammunition in her Queens apartment, her attorney argues in a new filing.
Dorothy Hirsch’s lawyer has offered up gruesome details from her marriage to support his argument that she should never have been charged with gun possession after police found firearms and ammunition hidden in her apartment.
“Glenn’s acts of cruelty against Dorothy (before and during their marriage) included sadistic and violent sexual abuse, hitting, cutting and threats with weapons, punching, slapping, threats to kill her, extortion and contempt,” he wrote. attorney Mark Bederow; .
Prosecutors knew about the history of abuse when they arrested her — they sent the judge in his case a detailed list of Hirsch’s previous home arrests on June 3, the same day his wife was arrested on gun charges, Bederow said .
Dorothy Hirsch, 62, was arrested the day after her husband was arrested in the April 30 slaying of popular Chinese food delivery man Zhiwen Yan, 45.
Hirsch killed the delivery worker at the Great Wall restaurant after a months-long grudge, centered on Hirsch’s belief that he was not getting enough packets of duck sauce with a meal, according to prosecutors.
Officers found eight guns when they searched Hirsch’s wife’s home after his arrest, all hidden in a closet wrapped in bags, one wrapped in aluminum foil.
Prosecutors “knew that Dorothy was a longtime victim of Glenn’s domestic violence” before her arrest, Bedrow wrote to Assistant District Attorney Thomas Salmon on Friday.
That abuse included a grueling ordeal on December 19, 1995, before they were married, in which Hirsch is accused of holding her captive in a motel room, stripping and pistol-whipping her, then leaving her handcuffed, gagged and blindfolded while repeatedly raped. . She accused him of cutting her by running a knife over her stomach and ribs and hitting her with a ruler, a radio antenna and his fists.
The final disposition of the 1995 case was not immediately clear. But the case was part of decades of abuse by the Queens district attorney’s office detailed in a June 3 letter to Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The letter details allegations against Hirsch in 10 sealed arrests between 1991 and 2012, mostly involving his wife.
In another horrific incident, on January 19, 2007, Hirsch was accused of hitting his wife with a rolled-up towel, punching and scratching her, and putting a pillow and blanket over her face to muffle her screams. The next day, he allegedly threatened to kill her and her family if she left him and went to the police.
At the time, officers found a gun, hundreds of bullets, a knife and a double police shield in his bedroom. Although Dorothy Hirsch did not have to cooperate in order for prosecutors to bring gun charges against him, the case was dismissed for speedy trial reasons, Bedrow wrote.
Hirsch was released on bond for the April killing, then fatally shot himself on Aug. 5, proclaiming his innocence and asking prosecutors to drop the case against his wife in a suicide note filed in court by Bederow.
A grand jury indicted Dorothy Hirsch on multiple gun possession charges in early September.
Bederow is demanding the DA’s office turn over any details from Glenn Hirsch’s unsealed arrests that would bolster his wife’s defense, claiming he had explained to Salmon that “the evidence of Glenn’s years of abuse of Dorothy was favorable for her because they offered an obvious explanation for why she would not question Glenn about his behavior and his property and why she would not inspect his belongings.’
“The DA knew before they arrested Dorothy that Glenn abused her for years,” Bedrow said in a statement Sunday to the Daily News. “This evidence is obviously relevant to her defense that she didn’t know the guns were in HIS closet because she wouldn’t dare ask him or snoop around in the junk he had stored.”
“It is unfortunate that the DA simply ignored the history of domestic violence and refused to disclose favorable evidence by coldly deciding it was not relevant,” he added. “We have the right to prove that they knew before they decided to charge Dorothy that she was apparently in possession of Glenn Hirsch’s weapons.”
The Queens DA’s office did not immediately return a message seeking comment Sunday.