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Saturday, November 21, 2015
Chilling footage shows teen killer stalking maths teacher through school halls 'before raping and murdering her'
Haunting footage of a maths teacher's final moments before she was raped and killed show her alleged murderer following her down a school corridor.
The body of Colleen Ritzer, 24, was found dumped in woods behind Danvers High School in Massachusetts in October 2013.
Student Philip Chism, 16, is standing trial charged with rape, murder and robbery.
He is accused of twice sexually assaulting his maths teacher before slashing her throat with a box cutter.
He is later said to have bought a Wendy's meal with the dead teacher's credit card.
Final moments: CCTV shows Colleen Ritzer walking down the hall at Danvers High School
Hooded figure: Philip Chism appears from a classroom moments later and follows the teacher
His defence team previously told the court Chism has admitted to the gruesome killing, but was not criminally responsible on the grounds of mental illness,
New York Daily News reported.
Security footage shows Ms Ritzer walking through the halls to a bathroom, before Chism - then aged 14 - appears moments later from a classroom.
Chilling footage: Chism is seen donning gloves as he follows Coleen Ritzer into the bathroom
Murder accused: Philip Chism
He looks around, goes back inside the classroom and emerges with a hood on to conceal his face.
He follows the teacher into the bathroom, putting on a pair of gloves as he enters.
About 12 minutes later, Chism reappears carrying a pair of black pants - the same worn by Ms Ritzer.
As Ritzer's parents watched the footage, the alleged killer stared at the clip, with no emotion, it was reported.
When Chism did not return home that afternoon, his mother reported her son missing.
He was found by police hours later walking along a busy two-lane road.
Sorely missed: Colleen Ritzer was a popular teacher at Danvers High School
Devestated community: Students look over a makeshift memorial for teacher Colleen Ritzer outside the high school
When asked by officers if he had anything dangerous in his bag, Chism reportedly said yes. Police found Ms Ritzer's wallet and a bloody box cutter inside.
Officer Neal Hovey previously told the court that when he asked Chism who's blood was on it, the student replied: "It's the girl's," adding she was buried in the woods.
The trial is ongoing.
November 21, 2015
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