The Danvers teacher’s gruesome death details emerged during an interview of the 14-year-old student who told police he killed her. Police revealed today how Colleen Ritzer was killed in the second floor faculty bathroom by one of her students, Philip Chism, according to CNN Justice on Oct. 24.
Philip Chism punched the teacher then slit her throat with a box cutter, according to Fox News today. This occurred in the faculty bathroom at Danvers High School. Chism killed the teacher around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Chism put the 24-year-old math teacher’s body in a recycling bin and wheeled her out to the woods. He dumped the body only about 20 feet into the woods and made no attempt to cover up the teacher’s body or hide it in anyway.
The recycling bin was found pushed over an embankment about 100 feet away from where Ritzer’s body was found. Police say Chism then went into school, changed his clothes and washed up. From there he went to Wendy’s to get something to eat and spent the early part of the evening seeing a movie alone at a Danvers movie theater. He saw Woody Allen’s film “Blue Jasmine.”
He was picked up by police a little after midnight walking along Route 1 by himself and brought into the police station, interviewed and book for the death of the teacher. He told police that he killed her.
According to Fox News, students said that Chism had stayed after school in Miss Ritzer’s class and when they walked by both the teacher and the student looked fine. Ritzer was helping Chism with his math, a student told Fox.
Shortly after the kids seeing Chism sitting in Ritzer’s class, something horrible happened. Something went very wrong for a student, who by all accounts was just a normal and nice kid, to take a box cutter and slice the throat of his teacher. What that something was to change Chism into a killer is what police are trying to find out today.
This horrendous ordeal started with two missing person reports on Tuesday night. Ritzer’s friends called from her home in Andover, Mass. to report her missing because she never returned home from teaching classes at Danvers High School and she wasn’t answering her cell phone.
Chism’s mother had reported him missing when he didn’t come home on Tuesday night. The word got out that their friend was missing and kids from Danvers High School went looking for him. This was before anyone knew that one of their favorite teachers was murdered.
Juveniles ages 14 or older are treated as adults by the court if they are charged with first or second degree murder, this is according to Massachusetts law. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office saying it will ask a grand jury to indict Chism for murder, which means he will be considered an adult when he faces these charges. The judge ordered Chism to be held without bond pending a Nov. 22 probable cause hearing.