John Laubach found murdered in ransacked NY apartment
A man was found dead in his New York City home on Friday night, with his hands and feet bound and duct tape over his mouth in what may have been a sexual tryst gone wrong.
John Laubach, 57, known in the Chelsea neighbourhood for carrying his parrot Bolo on his shoulder, was tied to a bedpost with an electrical cord.
The home had been ransacked, but police found no signs of forced entry.
John Laubach, 57, who was well known for carrying a parrot on his shoulder, was found bound and gagged in his apartment on Friday
Sources told the New York Post that Mr Laubach often met young men for sex and cops are investigating whether his death was part of a sex game gone wrong.
Mr Laubach, who had been running his own floral design business since 2000, was wearing just a white undershirt and his face was covered with a towel.
A female friend had gone to Laubach’s fourth floor apartment in West 22nd Street to check on him after he failed to answer her calls.
She called 911 just before 8pm after making the grim discovery.
'I always saw him walking around with a parrot on his shoulder,' a neighbor told the Post. 'He looked like Mel Brooks - just better looking.'
His parrot was heard squawking in his apartment for several hours before the discovery of his body.
Sources said the Maryland native, who moved to the building after selling his Fifth Avenue apartment in 2010 for $650,000, was formerly a company CEO and had business interests overseas, according to the Post.
He was in poor health, having suffered two strokes in the past.
Laubach was a committed churchgoer, according to those who knew him, and often volunteered to help out at services.
The fourth floor apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, pictured, had been ransacked but police found no signs of forced entry
Bob Clemens, 57, who lived in the same building, told the Post that Laubach and a female friend had a close relationship.
'They went to church every Sunday. They came to my Christmas party. They were totally cool and fun,' he said.
Other locals recall him sitting on a bench near his apartment with the parrot on his shoulder.
Laubach’s former neighbors on Fifth Avenue described him as an outgoing person who had frequent male visitors, and regularly attended a nearby church.
- Australian Jodie Rose who married Le Pont du Diable BRIDGE celebrates 1st anniversary
- British girl caught having sex in Virgin aeroplane toilets as her PARENTS sat nearby
- Student posted 'revenge porn' nude pics of his ex-girlfriend because she 'gave evidence to cops about a burglary he was involved in'
- Pizza delivery man 'caught on hidden camera having sex with family dog'
- English teacher, 34, arrested for having sex with 17-year-old student seven times
- 11-year-old boy beaten by grandmother and mother who then POST VIDEO of abuse on Facebook
- Born into brothels: Behind the scenes of Kolkata's notorious red-light district where thousands of girls are forced into sex work
- Girl, 15, tries to commit suicide after naked picture of her is posted online
- Sex maniac doctor who used medical images as porn, sent naked selfies to patient ... and sexted DURING C-sections
- Police launch all-out search for amorous couple filmed having sex on public fountain in Russia
- Dougherty Gang sibling Lee Grace posed naked in XXX photo
- Gloom with a view: Abandoned German hotel that once allowed only the finest people to enter but is now home to bugs and cockroaches
- David Nabhan can 'predict earthquakes' and says next one in US will be on July 12
- Meet the big game huntresses who have killed more than 70 species
- Loving Family: Man 'had sex with his sister-in-law so that she could get pregnant rather than getting IVF treatments'
- 'I lost nearly 2 stone in 24 HOURS': Sport scientist proves rapid weight loss IS possible (if you're prepared to exercise wearing bin bags, eat no carbs and drink nothing)
- Nine suspected Al Qaeda members on trial in Yemen accused of plotting to kill the country's president and kidnap foreigners
- Phenix City Board of Education motions to dismiss lawsuit filed against them
- Attacks in Iraq around religious ritual kill 22
- Richmond County's handicap parking enforcement lags behind Columbia County
- Man plotting a murder butt dials his intended victim while talking to the hit man about how he should make it 'look like an accident'
- Pictured for the first time: Communist sect 'leader' accused of keeping three women as slaves for more than 30 years
- Controversial pastor Arthur Allen dies in house fire
- Widow of Dallas cop gunned down by JFK killer Lee Harvey Oswald forgives him
- The great celebrity shoe's who: Yes, those vertiginous YSL heels are Kate Winslet's. But, as stars donate their favourite pairs to charity, can you match the other celebrities to their footwear?
- Deputies: Guyton man had sex on video with underage boy and dog
- Victims' families call Bulger 'Satan,' 'terrorist'
- Simon Cowell: The secret to success is being rubbish at school
- Atlanta man's body found In California missing organs
- Rap Genius' Mahbod Moghadam had brain tumor that made him mean
- Catholic girls' school teacher admits lesbian affair with student, 17, after plying her with alcohol
- Paul McCartney writes to Putin asking to free Greenpeace protesters
- Local businessmen gather for Hall of Fame induction
- Oprah Winfrey's father ordered to pay $70K to ex-wife after 'adultery with prostitute'
- 'This whole thing -- it's a mess!' Obama's health care 'fix' angers insurance companies
- Supreme Court green-lights Obamacare birth-control showdown
- Sex-for-drinks scandal called "mamading" rocks Mallorca bars
- TVA closing 8 coal units at plants in Ala. and Ky.
- UGA-Auburn game on CBS Saturday
- Samsung to launch a wraparound screen next year: Rumours abound that new Galaxy model could have a THREE-sided screen
- Sierra Club, Georgia Watch host public meeting on Georgia Power rate hike
- Angelina really is a foxy lady! Scientists discover that silver foxes share the same facial characteristics as beautiful women
- Christmas comes early in Columbus with The Landings parade.
- UGA teams with USDA to track dog treat illnesses
- LANCE ARMSTRONG WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Drugs cheat meets his accuser Emma O'Reilly
- Kid-killing rapist found guilty of murdering 6-year-old boy who was trying to save his sister from fiend's brutal attack
- Bruce Lee didn't drink, but CGI Bruce Lee is in this liquor ad
- Sorry Charlie's facade inspection to take place Friday
- Serena Williams tops Victoria Azarenka to win U.S. Open title
Rate this article
|PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity||Awkward family photos|
|UPDATED: Faces of Meth||PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter|