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Police reports detail Naperville child slayings

Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 12:33 a.m. CDT

NAPERVILLE – A Naperville woman accused of repeatedly stabbing her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was babysitting told police hours later that she felt she was killing the devil and was saving the children from a “poisoned” world.

Those statements are contained in 182 pages of police reports on the slayings, which took place on Oct. 30 of last year at the Naperville townhome where the younger child lived. The Naperville Sun obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Elzbieta Plackowska, 41, has pleaded not guilty and remains jailed pending the start of her trial. Her attorneys have asked for time to gather medical and mental health reports about her. Public defender Michael Mara declined to comment Wednesday. In previous remarks, he has urged the public not to rush to judgment.

Police found the children’s bodies in a blood-spattered master bedroom where prosecutors say the woman forced them to kneel and pray before stabbing them dozens of times as they begged for their lives.

Detectives conducting initial interviews with Plackowska reported her saying that she “saw the devil” that day and “went crazy.”

The police documents record conflicting explanations from Plackowska, including that the children were killed by a black-clad intruder while she was outside having a cigarette. She also said she killed them herself in part to inflict pain on her truck driver husband, whom she was upset with because of his long periods away for work, according to the police records.

When officers first confronted her on the night of the killings, they found Plackowska curled up in a fetal position on a friend’s floor with her arms covered in what appeared to be dried blood.

At first she only mumbled incoherently when asked what happened. Then she presented the story about an intruder. Interviewed later at a hospital emergency room where she was taken, Plackowska made statements to the contrary.

“Elzbieta looked at the ceiling and said, ‘Today was a happy day,’ with a smile on her face,” the police report said. “Elzbieta stated that there was no excuse for what she did earlier and it was ‘the worst thing anyone could have done.’”

Another detective questioning her at the hospital reported that she said “This world is so poisoned. ... I didn’t kill them, I saved them.”

Later, while being questioned for seven hours at police headquarters, she told police her son Justin’s eyes had begun to turn red and that she believed that meant he had ties to the devil.

Two dogs were also stabbed to death.

“Elzbieta talked about the killings and stated she killed 1, 2, 3, 4 Satans tonight. ... Elzbieta mentioned she wished to cause a quick death and felt like a killing machine while murdering both kids and dogs,” the police report says.

The documents also point to personal strains. Her husband, Artur Plackowski – who spells his surname differently than his wife – said she had had problems with alcohol in the past and had recently kicked her adult son out of the house. In interviews with police, he acknowledged tension over his long absences and said his wife was grief-stricken over the recent death of her father in her native Poland.

She talked of “the devil inside her” and had become fascinated with serial killer Richard Kuklinski, known as the “Iceman” because he froze his victims’ remains, he told police.

At the same time, acquaintances told police that Plackowska seemed happy. They said she had been planning a birthday party for one of her sons and was trying to persuade cousins to visit from Poland.

Plackowska is due back in court on Nov. 8.

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