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November 22nd, 2013
09:34 PM ET

New details in case of 14-year-old student accused of murder

Gruesome new details - and hints of a possible motive - in the case of a 14 year-old student accused of raping and killing his math teacher with a box cutter.

According to newly unsealed documents, the student Philip Chism became angry when his teacher, Colleen Ritzer, made reference to Tennessee. That's where Chism had just moved from after his parents had gone through a difficult divorce.

Criminologist, Dr. Casey Jordan is OutFront with her analysis.


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  1. Celeste Brodeur

    Phillip Chism became upset when Colleen Ritzer made reference to Tennessee. His father had been stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY twice with an assignment to Florida in-between. I surmise he was upset because Tennessee is where is parents separated and Clarksville was where his friends were, then his mother moved him to Massachusetts where he knew no one. So he had two chips on his shoulders: losing his father (who moved to Florida, nowhere near his son), and he had none of his long-term friends around. He might have murdered Coleen Ritzer, but I think his actual anger is towards his mother. http://www.theleafchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310230024

    November 22, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Reply

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