Woman found guilty in fatal stabbing of 2 children
Elzbieta Plackowska, 45, has been in custody for almost five years for the 2012 murder of her seven-year-old son, a five-year-old girl she was babysitting and two family dogs.
DuPage County prosecutors said she killed the kids and the children’s two dogs because she was angry and felt unappreciated. They say she told doctors she was “so tired of this life.”
She also told doctors that she saw the devil who told her to kill. She had stabbed the boy 173 times.
The judge felt Placowska took steps to cover up the crime by hiding the knives, getting rid of her cell phone, and also making up a story about an intruder in the home.
The prosecution stressed that she had no signs or history of mental illness before or after this crime. But in closing arguments, the defense tried to prove Placowska was in a bi-polar psychosis at the time of the stabbings and said she saw the devil enter the children and had to kill them so they could go to heaven.
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They also talked about her unusual behavior in jail once she was booked, laughing and acting what they called demonically.
Defense attorneys said she was on the manic end of a bipolar episode that was triggered by the death of her father a few weeks earlier.
The first witness for the prosecution was Marta Dworakowski, Olivia’s mother, who came home that night from work as a nurse, to find her front door locked from the inside.
She tried frantically to get in touch with her babysitter, Plachowska, went to her home and then called police when no one answered.
Police found the bloody scene at Dworakowski’s home which was described by lead prosecutor state’s attorney Bob Berlin as a scene of unimaginable horror.
Judge Robert Miller will hear lots of expert testimony from doctors and then decide if Plachowska will spend the rest of her life in prison or a mental institution.
Prosecutors said Plackowska killed her son to get back at her husband, a trucker who spent time traveling away from home.
Sentencing is set for November 21. She faces two consecutive life sentences in prison.