Donna Hylton, participated in the kidnapping, rape, murder, and ransoming of 62-year-old real-estate broker Thomas Vigliarolo before eventually killing him, spoke at the Women’s March as an advocate for women of color.
Donna Hylton, one of three girls were prostitutes who were going to have sex with him. Instead, they picked him up on March 8 1985 in Elmhurst, Queens, at Maria’s home, and drugged him to make him drowsy. Then they drove him to Selma’s apartment in Harlem. The apartment had already been prepared for an extended torture session: The closet door had been cut, a pot put in it for use as a toilet, the windows boarded.
For the next 15 to 20 days (police aren’t sure just when Vigliarole died), the man was starved, burned, beaten, and tortured. (Even 10 years later, Spurling could recall Rita’s chilling response when they questioned her about shoving a three-foot metal bar up Vigliarole’s rear: “He was a homo anyway.” How did she know? “When I stuck the bar up his rectum he wiggled.”)