Saturday, October 17, 2009


Elaine, originally uploaded by Rigglord.

It haunts me these conversations about the past. Filled with joy in finding folks that you thought you will never see again. Then to listen in growing sadness as you hear about the those whose voices you will never hear again. By design or choice the stories continue to find their way to me.

On Fox Street in 1983. ( Ricky Flores )
Daily News article on Elaine;

Friday, April 23th 2004, 7:00AM

"Mommy's not here. She's dead."

Those horrifying words came from the mouth of 4-year-old Dante Sealey, who woke up in his Brooklyn apartment yesterday to find his mother slain in the kitchen.

The little boy and his baby sister, Diamond, 3, stayed with their mother's corpse for hours before someone tipped cops that her body was inside just after noon, police sources said.

When detectives arrived, the shocked toddler answered the door and muttered the awful news.

"Those poor kids were in the house for hours with their mother lying in there dead," one investigator said.

Police believe the mom, Elaine Sealey, 41, was strangled sometime after she fed her children dinner Wednesday night.

The medical examiner was expected to determine the cause of death.

Neighbors said Sealey was a drug addict who often let crack addicts use her apartment on McDonough St. in Ocean Hill to get high.

"There was an awful lot of traffic in and out of there all the time. I complained about it to the management," said Pamela Cook, 40, who has lived in the building for 10 years.

"She always took real good care of those kids, though. She definitely loved those kids," Cook said. "She was just a person with problems. Every human being has problems."