An arrest was made, Wednesday, of a man believed to be responsible for the deaths of two women, both of whom had been shoved into their own black suitcase and discarded on the side of a south eastern Wisconsin roadway. The suitcases were found near Geneva on June 5 by highway workers, tasked with mowing the ditch. A passerby noticed them and contacted police, who made the grisly find.
Physical evidence, which connected 52-year-old Steven Zelich to the crime, was found on Tuesday, leading to the man being charged with hiding a corpse. He will appear in court on Friday. Murder charges will likely follow in the counties where the women were actually killed. Zelich was a police officer in West Allis, WI from 1989 until 2001, until he was forced to resign after an altercation with a prostitute.
It seems he had quite the fetish for S&M, especially after a post he made on the MasterB Slave Club discussion board. The post was titled 'Seeking Perm Enslavement' and, in it, he describes his ideal slave situation, including "no limit enslavement, imprisonment, captivity, animalization ... ideally in a farm/caged situation." Not that all women are prudes, but are there actually women out there who would appease such a request?
One of the victims has been identified as 37-year-old Laura Simonson, of Farmington, Minn, who was reported missing on November 22, 2013. She was last seen checking into a hotel with Zelich, who checked out alone the following day. It is believed the two met on a bondage site, though that is not certain, as Laura was dealing with several personal issues in her life and had taken to advertising herself on Craig's List as an escort. When found, Laura's body was naked, with a rope around her neck and a ball gag strapped into her mouth.
The other body has not yet been publicly identified, but it seems police do have an idea who she is. She was found with her hands bound behind her back. A sketch of the woman has been made available. She appears to be caucasian, between the ages of 15 and 35, with long, straight dark hair, either brown or black. She was petite, standing between 5'2" and 5'4" tall, and weighing between 120 and 140 pounds. Most noticeably, she had a heart shaped tattoo, as well as an overbite, with crooked teeth.
No manner of death has been confirmed in these two women's cases. This is a sick, sick world, folks. How something like this can happen and go completely unnoticed is disgusting, just like those survivors who escaped the house of horrors after being held captive for 10 years. Zelich even claimed he hid one of the bodies for a year and a half before discarding it, moving it between his apartment and his car. During the search of his home, detectives in haz mat suits carried out several large evidence bags, even collecting his refrigerator to be tested for evidence.
It seems that Steven Zelich is done, as he is giving up all his information to police. This likely means that these two women will receive the justice they deserve. Who would even want to imagine what their last moments were like? At least, now, Laura Simonson's family can move forward, as can the family of the as-yet unidentified woman.