A New York City man convicted of killing his school teacher wife is drawing new outrage for his public quest for romance.
Jonathan Crupi was sentenced to 25 years in prison last September after being convicted in the murder of his wife, Simeonette Mapes, in their Staten Island home in July 2012.
Mapes’ mother, Theresa Maples, recently learned of Crupi’s profile on dating website convictpenpals.com. The profile states: “I’m not married and I don’t have any kids. No baby-mama drama here!”
“He has ‘no baby mama drama,'” Theresa Mapes said, quoting Crupi’s dating profile. “It was just the way that he wrote that, it was like an attack on us. That’s how I felt. It was an attack on this family. Like he hasn’t enough.”
“He took my world away, he destroyed my world, he destroyed my life, he destroyed my family,” Theresa Mapes told NBC 4 New York Monday.
“She was a good, good-hearted soul, person, and that’s why I want that these convicts cannot write up these letters, write up these profiles,” she said.
Prosecutors said Crupi pushed Mapes, a Brooklyn school teacher, down a flight of stairs during an argument before stabbing her 15 times. He then ransacked the home to make it look like his wife had been killed by an intruder.
Prosecutors say Crupi, also a Brooklyn teacher at the time, met up with a prostitute after the killing, then returned home hours later and called 911.
The couple was two days away from their fifth wedding anniversary when Simeonette was killed.
Crupi has maintained he is innocent and told a judge at sentencing that he did not kill his wife. His dating profile also claims he’s innocent.
“It’s like my daughter meant nothing,” Theresa said, who has started an organization called Sissy’s Angels in honor of her daughter to help victims of domestic violence. “You know, that’s where my anger comes from, is that my daughter did mean something, and she was an asset to this world.”
When Crupi’s attorney, Mario Gallucci, was asked about the dating profile Monday, he said in a statement, “Although I can see how the victim’s family could view such a profile as being disrespectful, I could understand my client’s point of view by trying to keep his hope alive.”
Crupi’s case is now in the appellate process.
For Theresa, the last line of Crupi’s dating profile is haunting: “Take a chance and write me soon,” it states. “You won’t regret it.”
“Will they regret it?” questioned Theresa Mapes. “Yes. It will be the sorriest thing they ever did if they wrote this person.”