This terrible, horrifying case continues.
Lurid information emerged about the 2013 murder of a 24-year-old algebra teacher at Danvers High School in Massachusetts.
Witnesses said Philip Chism, 14 at the time, was “triggered” by Ritzer’s utterance of the word Tennessee — the teen had recently moved from Tennessee to Massachusetts — and left the classroom talking to himself.
Ritzer was later discovered dead in a wooded area near the school. She was raped twice — once with a stick — her throat was cut by a box cutter and note saying “I hate you all” was left near the body.
“After she insulted me, that’s when I became the teacher,” court documents report Chism saying in a police interview.
Now shocking video has been released showing Ritzen’s trip to the bathroom followed by Chism. He clearly looks around to make sure no one is looking and then puts up his hood before following Ritzen.
The teen then appears to put on gloves before walking into the bathroom and is in there for around 12 minutes.
During this time, the rape and murder took place. After this, Ritzen’s body was transported to the woods in plastic bin.
As the New York Daily News noted, Chism was arrested hours later. A box cutter with Ritzer’s blood on it was found in his backpack, along with her ID, credit cards and women’s underwear.
Chism has admitted to committing these heinous crimes, but his defense team is arguing he isn’t responsible because of mental illness.
Still, Chism was convicted and is serving life in prison with a chance of parole after 40 years. And, last month, Ritzer’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the town in which her murder occurred.