Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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November 22, 2013

Affidavit describes chilling rape, murder of teacher

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DANVERS. Mass. —

He's next observed pulling a plastic recycling bin to the first-floor elevator and wheeling it into the second-floor bathroom, the affidavit said. It  states he then exits the bathroom, wearing a black mask and white T-shirt, pulling the bin through the school and out to the wooded area where Ritzer's body was discovered. The affidavit said Chism is observed leaving the school around 6 p.m., now wearing a black shirt and glasses, and carrying jeans.

The youth is next reported seen by a movie theater manager, sitting through the Woody Allen film "Blue Jasmine" about the romantic trials of a New York socialite. He was picked up by police late that night walking aimlessly along a local highway. The affidavit said he had a knife on him and that his backpack contained a box cutter, credit cards and driver licenses belonging to Ritzer, and a pair of women's blueish-green sheer underwear.

Significantly, the affidavit disclosed that while Ritzer and Chism were both in the bathroom, a female student entered about a half-hour later, at 3:06 p.m. But she quickly departed after seeing a "butt" and clothes on the floor, and assuming someone was changing clothes.

The student's name was redacted in the affidavit. As was another student's name who told investigators that she had stayed after class, along with Chism, to get extra help from Ritzer.

During the tutorial, the student said, Ritzer and Chism were talking about China, when Ritzer made reference to Tennessee, and this seemed to visibly upset Chism.

"She (the student) said Ms. Ritzer apparently was unaware Phillip was upset and continued to talk about Tennessee," the affidavit said. "She said that (eventually) Ms. Ritzer became aware that Phillip was getting upset about her talking about Tennessee. She said Ms. Ritzer later changed the topic. She also said she observed Phillip talking to himself in the classroom."

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