The woman accused of pushing an innocent man off a subway platform and to his death, last month, was having a bad day.
Erika Menendez has already been charged in the murder of Sunando Sen, who she assumed belonged to one of the two groups she hates: Hindus and Muslims.
After giving her first candid account of why she killed Sen, in a new interview with the New York Post, Menendez re-lived the steps that ended with pushing her victim off the platform. "My mind was just racing that day," she said. "I was mad.
"I was homeless. I was hungry. I was fighting with my boyfriend. He came running up the stairs, and I just got up and pushed him. He was trying to shake me off."
The 31-year-old picked Sen because of his ethnicity, admitting to "beating up Muslims and Hindus for a long time," and wanted to hurt the religious groups ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "I'm not mad about the people. I'm mad because I liked the buildings," she said, referring to the World Trade Center.
After the incident, Menendez was caught on surveillance footage, fleeing the scene. She was later apprehended, but it's her blatant disregard for taking someone's life that is incompressible to the victim's friends. "How could she do this to him?" wondered one of his friends. "My hands shake. I can't be alone. I think of him all the time, all the time.
"Who cares if he is Muslim or Hindu? He was a man."
As it turns out, Sen's life may not have been cut short had Menendez taken the pills she was prescribed. She stopped using the unnamed medication due to the side-effects and started self-medicating by smoking weed. "If I smoked a blunt that day, I wouldn't have pushed him."
Now facing 25 years to life, a judge has ordered that Menendez's mental health be evaluated.