Details released in murder of Massachusetts teacher, throat slashed by razor

Details released in murder of Massachusetts teacher, throat slashed by razor

New and chilling details are being brought to light today in the murder of a popular Massachusetts teacher, allegedly at the hands of one of her students, as reported by the New York Daily News on Oct. 25, 2013.

Twenty four year old Colleen Ritzer was in her second year of teaching at Danvers High School, 20 miles north of Boston, but that came to a shocking and grief-filled end Tuesday when she was murdered on school grounds, reportedly by having her throat slashed with a razor-bladed box cutter.

Philip Chism, 14-years-old, is in police custody, charged in the slaying of the popular math teacher after police discovered Ritzer’s grisly remains in a wooded area behind the high school the following day.

According to eyewitness accounts, Ritzer asked Chism if he needed extra help with his studies, especially in light that an algebra test was scheduled soon.

As seen on one of the 200 school surveillance cameras, the 6-foot-tall Chism stalked the teacher after she excused herself to use the ladies room on the second floor of the school.

According to anonymous sources, after coolly donning white gloves, Chism hacked at his teacher at least twice with the box cutter before finally delivering the coup de grâce on his already bleeding victim.

It was then that reportedly, the attacker dumped the still warm body of his teacher into a recycling bin and wheeled her to the woods behind the school.

After covering the body in leaves, the arrested teen changed out of his blood-soaked clothes to spare togs in his backpack. Ensuring he had Ritzer’s credit card in hand, Chism went to the movies. After enjoying the film, he went to a local fast food restaurant, charging his meal to his victim’s account.

When arrested by police, Chism had Ritzer’s credit card and other forms of her identification in his possession.

He is being held without bail and has already been arraigned as an adult for the murder.


T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He is the founder of the blog Unapologetically Rude and has written for Examiner and other blogs.

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