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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Colleen Ritzer Murder: Is Philip Chism a Serial Killer?

The investigation into the murder of Colleen Ritzer, 24, by her student Philip Chism, 14, continues. But are police asking the right questions?

"Officer Hovey conducted a pat frisk for safety reasons and discovered that Philip Chism had a knife on his person ... [he then] inventoried the contents of Philip Chism's backpack and a bloodstained box cutter was found. Officer Hovey asked the defendant where the blood on the box cutter came from. Chism responded, "The girl." Also located from the possessions of Mr. Chism were many credit cards and two Massachusetts Driver's licenses belonging to Colleen Ritzer ... a pair of woman's bluish/green sheer underwear were found in Chism's backpack as well...

"A search of the school grounds and adjacent wooded area were conducted in the early morning hours of October 23, 2012. The body of Colleen Ritzer was subsequently found in a wooded area near the school. ... Detective Robert Sullivan of the Danvers Police observed the body and he said that it was found in a supine position covered with leaves and debris in manner consistent with attempts to hide the body ... The victim's throat was slit. A green recycle bin consistent with what was observed in the video was found approximately twenty yards from Colleen Ritzer's body. Detective Sullivan said that the victim's shirt was lifted above her breasts, and the bra pulled below her breast. No clothing was observed on the victim's body from the waist down. 

"He also advised me that the victim's legs were spread apart and slightly bent in what appeared to be a 'sexually staged' or 'sexually positioned' manner. He said that he also observed what appeared to be an approximate three foot long by inch in diameter [sic] barkless tree branch inserted into her..." READ MORE HERE

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