Matias Reyes


New York City, New York. September 1988-August 1989. In 2002, Matias Reyes admitted to being the sole person to rape and beat the Central Park Jogger, Trisha Meili. In 1989, however, he was identified as the East Side Slasher. We discuss his crimes and the impact that his confession had on the Central Park Five.


The New York Times 8/7/1989

Guilty Plea in -89 Rape-Murder The New York Times 10/8/1991

Convicted Killer Curses Court and Attacks Lawyer The New York Times 11/2/1991

Convicted Killer and Rapist Says He Attacked Central Park Jogger The New York Times 6/12/2002

DNA in Central Park Jogger Case Spurs Call for New Review The New York Times 9/6/2002

Convict Says Jogger Attack Was His 2nd The New York Times 10/5/2002

Likely U-Turn By Prosecutors In Jogger Case The New York Times 10/12/2002

A Crime Revisited: Assessment; Verdict That Failed the Test of Time The New York Times 12/6/2002

A Crime Revisited: The Suspect; “I Just had to Have Her,’ a Rapist Told Lawyers The New York Times 12/6/2002

A Crime Revisited: The Victim; Leading Life In Private And Poised To Go Public The New York Times 12/6/2002

Suspect in Rape Absorbed Pain And Inflicted It The New York Times 12/7/2002

Convictions and Charges Voided in ‘89 Central Park Jogger Attack The New York Times 12/20/2002Suspect Is Held In Fatal Attack And 3 Others

One Trial, Two Conclusions; Police and Prosecutors May Never Agree on Who Began Jogger Attack The New York Times 2/2/2003

A Profile of Matias Reyes NY Daily News 4/9/2013

In Botched Case of Park Jogger, an Altered Life The New York Times 6/26/2014

The True Story of How a City in Fear Brutalized the Central Park Five The New York Times 5/30/2019

The Central Park Five Were Falsely Convicted. Here’s How the Truth Came Out. Esquire 6/1/2019

Before, and After, the Jogger Survivors of the real ‘Central Park Five’ attacker speak for the first time The Cut New York Magazine 6/3/2019

Matias Reyes: The Truth About the Real Attacker in the Central Park Five Case Good Housekeeping 6/17/2019