Full-blown media coverage trailed infamous New York City child-killer Joel Steinberg on his return to the city after 16 years in prison. The New York Daily News said Steinberg’s “bushy mustache, beady eyes and reputation as a monster all still intact, but the notorious criminal also wore a new expression – fear.” The former lawyer appeared rattled by a wild limousine ride to freedom and the crush of media and protesters that greeted him at Fortune Academy, the Harlem halfway house where he will live, the News said.
Steinberg, who killed a 6-year-old girl, stumbled on the stone steps and had to be helped inside by four burly parole officers. Neither the ex-inmates who call Fortune Academy home nor the local residents just learning one of the country’s most reviled criminals was their new neighbor were happy to hear of his arrival. “I’m gonna be a nervous wreck knowing this guy is walking past my front door,” said Cesar Sanchez, 58. “They should have dropped him on a deserted island. Not here.” Steinberg, 63, fatally beat his illegally adopted daughter, Lisa, and used his lover, Hedda Nussbaum, as a punching bag. He was released after maxing out of the system by serving two-thirds of a 25-year sentence.