In Naperville, Ill., Elzbieta Plackowska, 40, was arrested for murdering her own son and a child that she had in her care, stabbing them to death because she was upset with her husband who she felt didn’t appreciate her. If that wasn’t enough, this woman also proceeded to stab two dogs in the house as well.
According to a Chicago ABC affiliate, police went to Plackowska’s home to do a well-being check during yesterday’s Halloween activities after they were called and told that a woman had been seen exiting the home covered in blood. When police arrived, they found her 7-year-old son, Justin and a young girl Plackowska was babysitting for the time being named Olivia Dworakowski, stabbed to death in the home, as well as two dogs. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, prosecutors claim that the children were in good spirits up until the crime was committed, saying they were jumping on a bed when Plackowska told them to get down, kneel down to pray, and afterwards, proceeded to attack them. She stabbed her own son, 7, 100 times, and the 5-year-old girl she was babysitting about 50 times. Neighbors told ABC7 that they didn’t find the suspect to be a talkative woman at all so they didn’t know much about her as a person, but that it wasn’t out of the ordinary to see her with these children.
According to the Sun-Times, Plackowska, who moved to Naperville, Ill. from Poland 12 years ago, didn’t feel that she was being appreciated by her husband, and in the hopes of making him feel the pain that had been running through her for so long, she opted to kill their son, Justin. Her husband is a trucker who is constantly on the road while she is at home. Instead of talking to her husband about her feelings, getting counseling or filing for divorce, she went after the little boy she once carried to term and brought into the world, as well as a child who had nothing to do with her family’s problems. She told authorities she had to go after Olivia, the child of a family friend, after killing her son because the little girl was a witness.
Plackowska’s story allegedly changed throughout the evening after being apprehended yesterday. She at first claimed an intruder came in the house and hurt the children, then she admitted that she had done it and claimed she thought the kids were possessed by the “evils of society.” Finally she admitted that their murders were revenge killings in order to get back at her husband. But it seems that the killing all seem to be part of a mental breakdown Plackowska was going through after losing her father a few days back and wanting badly to return to Poland. The family had also gone through many money issues over the years, including having to file for bankruptcy in 2009.
When hearing about this incident along with the murder of those two children in Manhattan by their nanny last week, it’s clear that this is a very on edge time for parents. People you think you can trust to look out for you and your children while you work or do what you need to are hurting them in unfathomable ways. It’s too bad this emotional change Plackowska was going through wasn’t taken more seriously and that no one, including her husband, thought to help her seek counseling or something after her father’s death. People fail to realize how serious yet common mental health issues really are, and sadly, two more innocent kids are gone, and they left this earth in such a brutal way.