In October of 2013 a 14-year-old student named Philip Chism, beat, raped and murdered his teacher, Colleen Ritzer, his trial begins this week. His defense is claiming the teacher used a “trigger word”.
At the time of the initial murder, the brutality of the attack created some intensely horrific potential headlines. As a consequence the politically correct LEO and Massachusetts media, needed to avoid the uncomfortable racial aspect, and documented Chism as “white” with “dark complexion”. Backstory HERE and HERE.
After his arrest, Chism was sent to a juvenile detention facility. While at the juvie facility Chism stalked and attacked a female staff worker at the detention center. As a consequence he was re-arrested (with additional charges pending) and removed to a high security prison without the possibility for bail. He is being tried as an adult.
Chism initially confessed to killing Ritzer, his algebra teacher, when being questioned by authorities. However, the judge disallowed his confession based on the potential for him not understanding his right to remain silent.
His trial begins this week:
MASSACHUSETTS – A teenage student whose trial in the murder of his teacher begins this week allegedly said “I became the teacher” to investigators after the 2013 slaying at his Massachusetts high school.
However, prosecutors won’t be allowed to tell the jury about the confession Philip Chism, then 14, allegedly gave to Danvers police. Judge David Lowy ruled that Chism did not fully understand his constitutional rights before he spoke to them.
In the videotaped interview after the attack, Chism told police that teacher Colleen Ritzer provoked the attack with a “trigger” word, which he would not disclose.
“After she insulted me, that’s when I became the teacher,” Chism said, according to a description Lowy gave in his written ruling.
Jury selection in the case is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Essex Superior Court in Salem.
The day of the October, 2013 murder, Ritzer had asked Chism, on of her 9th-grade algebra students, to stay after school. Hours later, the body of the popular 24-year-old teacher was found in nearby woods, partly covered by leaves. Authorities say she had been raped and her throat had been slit with a box cutter. Near her body was a note reading, “I hate you all.” (read more)