What goes on in the Suburs

Christina Rubin, a 22-year-old college graduate living in Jenkintown, didn't like it when her father yelled at her. So when her boyfriend said he'd like to kill him, Rubin agreed, police said.

The slaying was quick - a single gunshot to the back of Marc Rubin's head, police said. But the cover-up apparently wasn't as easy. Despite the couple's attempt to dismember the body and wash away evidence at the victim's apartment, police said, they found plenty to build a case against the pair.

"It is certainly fair to say that everything they touched is botched," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said yesterday.

Rubin and her boyfriend, Jeffrey W. Leinheiser, 20, of the 100 block of Cedar Street in Jenkintown, were charged with first-degree murder and other offenses on Sunday and ordered held without bail, Ferman said.

Police also arrested a friend of the couple, Daniel Dougherty, 19, of the 300 block of Greenwood Avenue in Jenkintown. They said he helped dispose of Marc Rubin's body. Dougherty was charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse, and was being held yesterday in lieu of $25,000 bail.

A deer hunter found the body of Marc Rubin, 46, on Dec. 8 in a wooded area off Tamminen Road in Hamilton Township, N.J. The body had been covered in trash bags, rolled up in a beige carpet and duct-taped, according to a criminal complaint.

With the help of the FBI, Atlantic County investigators used a fingerprint to identify the victim on Thursday.

Marc Rubin had worked at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Philadelphia, but his employment was terminated on Nov. 24, 2008.

On Saturday, police went to Marc Rubin's home in the Colonade Apartments in the 100 block of Old York Road in Jenkintown, where he had lived with his daughter since 1997, police said.

Inside, they said they found a chainsaw, latex gloves that appeared to have blood on them, and what looked like blood on the living room walls and floor.

Christina Rubin, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Pennsylvania State University last spring, allegedly admitted to the slaying when police questioned her Saturday. She said she paid Leinheiser $1,000 "for what he did," police said, and planned to give an additional $1,000 to Dougherty.

According to police, Christina Rubin said that Leinheiser heard Marc Rubin yell at her sometime around Nov. 17 and said, "That's not right. I wish I could kill him."

The couple began to talk seriously about the slaying, planning it for the day after Thanksgiving using Christina Rubin's .357 magnum revolver, police said.

Leinheiser came to the apartment at about 11 p.m. Nov. 28, and shot Marc Rubin in the back of the head while he slept, police said. The couple then fled and stayed in hotels for a week, having no plan to dispose of the body, police said.

They returned Dec. 5 after purchasing a chainsaw and planned to chop up the body and dispose of it in trash bags, police said.

But Leinheiser's dismemberment attempt failed when Marc Rubin's shorts got caught in the chainsaw, according to Christina Rubin's account to police. Leinheiser asked Dougherty to help get rid of the body, police said.

After wrapping it in trash bags and an area rug, the crew dragged the body down nine flights of steps, put it in Christina Rubin's car, and dumped it in Hamilton Township.

Before her arrest, Christina Rubin was enrolled in graduate courses at Chestnut Hill College, where she was studying clinical psychology, police said.



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