The warnings had not been given in time. Yukl had been deprived of his shoes by "consent", his trousers also by "consent", and finally his undershorts also by "consent", before the warnings. He had been questioned for hours before the warnings. Indeed, in the context of the events in this case when Yukl was taken to the station house it was obvious that the first act of this bizarre drama had been completed.
At 9:45 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 1966, Yukl called the to report the finding of the nude body of 25-year-old Suzanne Reynolds, his $5-per-hour student and a native , in a vacant apartment in his building. He told Patrolman Charles McMillen of the that after her regular voice lesson he had "returned from walking his dog, noticed the apartment door open, entered, found the body, and promptly notified the police," according to assistant district attorney . After hours of questioning, backup detectives, noticing unusual stains on Yukl's shoes, asked him to accompany them to the precinct house on East 21st Street, to which he consented. Not having direct evidence, police continued the questioning, with coffee and cigarette breaks, until 6:45 a.m., when "one of the detectives suddenly noticed stains on Yukl's trousers", leading immediately to a reading of Yukl's , as by the only four months earlier.
"Hey," she shrieked, "what are you -- " Before she could finish, he yanked at her blouse and ripped it, trying to pull it off. Incredulous at first, she didn't struggle, hoping he might stop. But Yukl didn't stop. He kept grabbing for the blouse. She tried to fight back -- she swung at him with the now-full handbag, but he saw it coming and put up his left arm to block it. She tried again to use the bag.