Wednesday, December 16, 2015
“White” Teenager Philip Chism Guilty of First-Degree Murder, Aggravated Rape, and Robbery of White Teacher, Colleen Ritzer; Defense Attorney Tried Playing the Crazy Card, but Lost
Re-posted by Nicholas Stix
Thanks to reader-researcher RC for this story.
Note that because the police report form the Danvers Police Ddepartment listed murderer-rapist (then “suspect”) Philip Chism as “white,” this will likely have been tabulated as a “white-on-white” rape-murder. It’s really important to the powers that be to fudge the crime stats so that they can bring down the proportion of black crimes, and inflate the numbers of “white” crimes.
Chism confessed his crimes to police, but his defense attorney demanded that the confession be tossed and, as is now de riguer, the judge accommodated him.
But Chism wasn’t done when he raped, murdered, and robbed Coleen Ritzer, a beloved, young, attractive math teacher. In June 2014, while in jail awaiting trial, he allegedly hatched a plan to attack a female jail counselor, similar to his rape-murder of Ritzer, secreted himself near a locker room-bathroom area, and beat and choked the woman, before he could be restrained.
Chism was known to be so dangerous to [white] women that “An official at the youth services facility had been warned by [Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate B.] MacDougall in November not to allow Chism to be alone with female staff members, court documents say.
Teen guilty of raping, murdering female teacher
“He didn't choose to do this”
Published: 21 hours ago
By Douglas Ernst
A Boston jury has found a 16-year-old teenager guilty of killing his teacher in 2013.
Philip Chism was charged as an adult for the first-degree murder of teacher Colleen Ritzer. An Essex Superior Court found him guilty on Tuesday.
Ritzer, 24, was slain with a box cutter in a bathroom at Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts, on October 22, 2013. Her body was found days later in nearby woods.
Defense attorney Denise Regan attempted to use an insanity defense this week, but the court found her client competent to stand trial.
“When Philip Chism followed Ms. Ritzer into that bathroom, he was not himself,” Regan said Tuesday, CNN reported. “He didn’t choose to do this.”
Chism showed no emotion as the jury returned its verdict. He was also found guilty of aggravated rape and armed robbery.
“There is not one single person in this courtroom who wants to believe that a 14-year-old-boy could have done this and not be crazy,” prosecutor Kate MacDougall said. “But doing something so awful does not make you crazy.”
A status date in the case is set for December 22.