Ecstasy Tagged in Another Murder
Posted by Childress on July 15, 2006
Here’s a tragic story about a girl in a bad situation made much worse from her decision to take drugs. From the Hartford Courant:
She stayed in her room for two days straight, sleeping and waking, crying and screaming. Paralyzed by flashbacks and fear, she was unable to rise from the very bed where, she says, her brother’s friend raped her.But her presence — in the form of toys, birthday cards and pictures of her family — still trims the walls and mismatched furniture. The 17-year-old’s blond, crystal-eyed dolls and stuffed animals clutter the bed and bright-pink desk. Names of relatives and her middle name “Abigail” are written in lively, skinny black script on her door and mirror. …
This is where Elsie played reggaeton and bachata on her CD player, chilled with her friends. This is also where she sometimes shared a bed with her sister Gloria — the youngest of her eight siblings, whose hair she combed and who she sometimes pretended was her daughter.
Now, Elsie sleeps in a cell at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, charged with murder. For on the day Elsie emerged from her room after those 48 hours of weeping and solitude, police say, she and two boys from her building went for a walk and plunged a knife into the heart of a man they bumped into on the street.
By all accounts, Elsie and her friends didn’t know Jaroslaw Sawicki. The 34-year-old man was “some Polish guy” who happened to walk by them on his way home from a bar that chilly January night, according to police reports.
What triggered the altercation is unclear. No robbery, no drugs or gang turf, no previous interaction between victim and alleged attackers, police say. Maybe Sawicki picked a fight with them. Maybe Elsie and her friends did the instigating. Maybe Elsie was too high on Ecstasy and prescription painkillers to know what she was doing, as she claimed in a letter she later wrote from jail.
I’d say Elsie knows best on this one.