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Massachusetts teen accused of rape, murder of teacher

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Philip Chism (CNN)

SALEM, Mass. — A Massachusetts grand jury Thursday indicted 14-year-old Philip Chism for murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery in connection with last month’s slaying of his algebra teacher, according to the Essex district attorney.

Under Massachusetts law, anyone older than 14 indicted for murder can be tried as an adult.

Collen Ritzer (family photo/CNN)

Collen Ritzer (family photo/CNN)

Chism allegedly killed Colleen Ritzer on Oct. 22 in the girl’s bathroom of Danvers High School with a box cutter he brought to school, a source close to the investigation told CNN. He then stashed Ritzer’s body in a recycling bin, rolled it outside and dumped it about 20 feet into the woods behind the school’s athletic fields, according to the source.

After changing his clothes, Chism went to a Wendy’s restaurant and a movie, officials have said.

“The indictments … detail horrific and unspeakable acts,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement.


  • Jennifer

    So after ALL this time, it Finally comes out that the Beast raped her, Too?? God Bless And Prayers Always with her Family And students. We Can NEVER Know firsthand Your Pain… Just know that the Rest of your community, And Good folks nationwide, are crying with you!! She is At Peace, and, NO, we WON’T Forget!!!

  • FaithC

    Glad they are charging him as an adult. He brought the box cutter to school, does that mean it is first degree murder? I hope that is what he is being charged with. May he never see the light of day again.

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