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Mass. Kid, 16, Guilty in Math Teacher's Rape, Murder

Philip Chism convicted as adult in gruesome slaying of Colleen Ritzer in school bathroom

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teenager was convicted Tuesday of raping and killing his high school math teacher. Philip Chism was 14 when he followed his algebra teacher, Colleen Ritzer, into a school bathroom, strangled her, stabbed her at least 16 times, and raped her. During his trial, his lawyer admitted Chism killed... More »

Judge: Teen's Statements on Killing Teacher Tossed

Philip Chism did not waive Miranda rights 'beyond reasonable doubt': judge

(Newser) - The day after Colleen Ritzer's Oct. 22, 2013, murder in Danvers, Mass., Philip Chism allegedly confessed to killing his teacher, but an Essex County Superior Court judge threw the teen's statements out yesterday. Chism, who was 14 at the time, was not adequately informed of his Miranda rights... More »

Teen Raped, Robbed Teacher Before Murder: DA

Philip Chism indicted for murder, aggravated rape, armed robbery

(Newser) - Philip Chism was indicted yesterday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his Danvers, Mass., math teacher Colleen Ritzer last month—but he also faces aggravated rape and armed robbery charges for allegedly committing "horrific and unspeakable acts," the DA said. Armed with a box cutter... More »

Slain Teacher Asked Student to Stay After for Math Help

Colleen Ritzer was worried Philip Chism wasn't ready for test, says student

(Newser) - The Massachusetts high school teacher murdered this week was trying to help her alleged killer prepare for an upcoming algebra test, a student tells the Boston Globe . Colleen Ritzer asked 14-year-old Philip Chism to stay after school on Tuesday, the day she was killed. “She saw him drawing during... More »

Teen Went to Movies After Killing Teacher: Police

Reports indicate Phil Chism used box cutter to kill Colleen Ritzer

(Newser) - Details are emerging in the stunning death of Massachusetts high school teacher Colleen Ritzer, perhaps none more chilling than this: Her alleged killer reportedly took in a movie after doing the deed. Authorities tell the Boston Herald that Philip Chism caught the 4:30pm showing of Woody Allen's Blue ... More »

Teacher's Body Found in Woods, Student Charged

Danvers, Massachusetts, public school district cancels all classes

(Newser) - The Danvers, Massachusetts, public school district canceled all classes today as police investigate the death of a 24-year-old math teacher—whom they suspect was killed by a 14-year-old student. High school teacher Colleen Ritzer was reported missing at 11:20pm last night, the Boston Globe reports. Police searched the school,... More »

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