Killer Ricky Knapp Dies In Prison

Killer Knapp Dies In Prison;

Guilty In SUNY Coed’s Death

Ricky Knapp

ONEONTA – Ricky Knapp, the man convicted of the 1977 death of SUNY Oneonta student, has died in Mohawk Correctional Facility, according to prison records.

Knapp, 66, died March 8, having served 40 years of a 25-to-life sentence for a 1978 manslaughter conviction in the death of 18-year-old Linda Velzy, a SUNY student from Long Island. According to reports, Velzy was last seen Dec. 9 1977, hitchhiking in downtown Oneonta.

On New Year’s Day 1978, Velzy’s body was found in a wooded area in the Town of Oneonta. The police charged Knapp had hidden the body earlier in another area in Delaware County and then moved it, and said that he admitted to punching her in the throat. An autopsy showed that the cause of her death was asphyxiation and head injuries.

In July 1978, Knapp was convicted in Otsego County Court of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to prison. Knapp was eligible for parole in 2002, but was denied. He was denied eight other times as well, and was scheduled for a parole hearing in June.

The cause of Knapp’s death has not yet been released.


23 thoughts on “Killer Ricky Knapp Dies In Prison

  1. Anonymous

    Just watched Dead of Winter,& couldn’t be happier, that the piece of scum is dead. I hope he burns for eternity!!!

  2. Rosy Assouline

    His soul will be tormented in eternity. He may come back as a homeless covered with mange being kicked and despised to pay for his crime.

  3. Charlie

    Just deserts for how brutal this degenerative creep was! Bad thing he, he lived so long after viciously murdering this innocent young lady!

  4. Anonymous

    Even though we consider a killing to be the ultimate crime of humanity, what Richard did was to commit a sin. God looks at sin as sin. It’s all evil. My sin is no worse than Richards sin. And his sin was no worse than mine. That is why each of us needs a savior desperately. I don’t know if this guy repented for his sin and became a Christian, but if he did, you will see him in heaven. That is, if you have taken Jesus as your savior.

  5. Kathy Devine

    I was a student at SUCO Oneonta then. Ricky Knapp kidnapped, molested and finally released my roommate. She was not hitch hiking. She was walking up the path to lower campus and he was hiding in the bushes. He forced her at knifepoint to his car. The irony is Knapp forced women to go down on him, but couldn’t get it up, so he beat his victims to death. My roommate didn’t fight back, didn’t try to escape, and feels that is why she survived. She was smart and funny and probably talked circles around him, too. But her survivor’s guilt was unbearable.

    She was distraught that he was out on bail from her case when he killed Linda. She did all the right things, but the law did not protect us. The scary part was how many suspects the police had immediately to hand when she went to them. Creepy people abound. Knapp had been known to them as far back as tying up and torturing a classmate in elementary school! But in those days, the victim was blamed, and my roommate was put through hell by the prosecution. They even accused her of WANTING the molestation because she was an art student who drew the nude human body and so must have rape fantasies! She gave the judge hell over THAT comment. Despite her brave efforts, and his past record, Knapp was unbelievably released on bail. And killed Linda within weeks.

    My roommate helped police locate where he had dumped Linda Velzy. 60 minutes wanted to interview and film my roommate, but the police asked her not to, so she declined. He was caught shortly after, at the location my roommate gave them, the locale in which she would’ve taken 60 minutes. He was caught moving the body.

    Linda Velzy’s father had Knapp investigated and was instrumental, along with my roommate, for keeping Knapp in jail the nearly ten times he came up for parole. Even if it was for check fraud, it kept Knapp locked up. Reverend Velzy made it his life’s mission to keep Knapp locked away. He even hired investigator’s to research Knapp, and the findings were chilling.

    The evidence indicated Knapp was a serial killer. Ricky Knapp had evidence of other victims in his car when arrested. Women went missing wherever he went, in the U.S. and Canada.

    Knapp affected my roommate’s entire life. She had to prepare for his parole hearing every couple years., reliving her trauma. I normally would not have posted because she is a very private person, but my roommate and lifelong friend passed away this week. The call she got to tell her she was dead offered relief, as she was the last one alive to protest his release, and she didn’t have long to live at that point.

    As far as the hitch hiking, everyone hitched from down town in those days. I don’t know how it is today. My roommate turned her feelings of helplessness into power as she joined the rape hotline and counseled others. Rape was a common campus occurrence. It likely still is.

    My roommate and dear friend stopped being a victim and spent alot of her life helping victims, speaking out through her art, and preventing others from becoming victims by keeping Knapp locked up until his death.

  6. glenn

    WOW. Well done to you guys. They say the human spirit is strong… you are proof of that!
    Don’t ever let that go… the future depends on it

    PS. What is it with judges who let creeps out on bail…?
    PPS. Judge in question I hope like Linda’s family you have spent the last forty years, all night, staring at the ceiling

  7. Barbara

    If it was a friend or relative of mine that got attacked by this creep, he would not have made it to trial. Save the taxpayers money by not feeding and housing degenerates for 20 plus years. I strongly believe in the death penalty . Especially now that we have the ability to use DNA to real know, with 100% certainty, who these offenders are. Sorry for all you non-death penalty people who are offended but you don’t know the depths of destruction they produce unless you are a victim or close to a victim. So sorry for the families of the girls that endured this creeps viciousness.

  8. Mojtaba

    i am somehow sorry, I’d like such monsters live as long as possible and every day wish to get out but they cannot. I’d like these bastars taste misery as long as possible.

  9. Sue Davies

    The only thing about this story that allowed me to breathe normally for a few seconds is when he confessed that he punched her in the throat and killed her when she tried to get out of the car. Despicable as this incident was, thank God she died before she was molested and/or tortured. I will never understand how a serial killer/sexual molester is created. Nor will I ever understand how the “justice” system works. How on earth was this man charged only with “second degree manslaughter” after abducting a woman, then knowingly planning what he was going to do to her as he drove her away from the destination he had promised to take her to. And how he managed to be granted bail after his recent attack on another woman. Until these crimes start being punished with the same ferocity with which they are perpetrated, we will never see an end to it. He died in jail but was allowed to see daylight for another 41 years after Linda’s light had been snuffed out. There is something so wrong about that, I just can’t wrap my head around it.

  10. Rose

    I was a coed, finishing up my degree in the summer of 1974. Does anyone know if this man was out of prison that summer?

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