Before killing her 7-year-old son to get back at her husband,
Elzbieta M. Plackowska told the boy he was going to heaven
and ordered him to get on his knees and pray, prosecutors
Then she stabbed Justin 100 times as he pleaded for his life
and said he loved her, prosecutors said as Plackowska was
Next, she turned to 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski, whom she
was babysitting at the Naperville, Illinois, townhome in
suburban Chicago and who was now begging Plackowska not to
hurt her. Plackowska stabbed her 50 times because she was a
witness, prosecutors said.
Both children's throats were also slashed, prosecutors said.
Justin and Olivia had been jumping on a bed when Plackowska
entered and told them to kneel, prosecutors said.
"She told Justin and Olivia to get on their knees and pray.
She told Justin he was going to heaven tonight," DuPage
County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in court.
Plackowska fled to a church after the slayings, then to a
relative who called police. She was covered with blood when
officers took her into custody, officials said.
Plackowska first told police a stalker had broken into the
townhouse and killed the children, but then said she had
heard voices from the devil and killed the children to save
their souls, prosecutors said.
"She stated the children had evil inside of them and she was
trying to drive the devil out of them," Berlin said.
Later, Plackowska told police the children didn't mind her
like they should. Finally, she told police she was angry with
her husband and that she would kill Justin because "she would
make him hurt the way she hurt in the relationship," Berlin
Plackowska, dressed in a yellow jail suit, spoke little
during the hearing.
When Judge John Kinsella asked if Elzbieta Plackowska was her
name, she answered, "Yes."
When he asked if she could afford an attorney, she said,
"No." Kinsella appointed an assistant public defender to
After the hearing, Michael Mara, a senior assistant public
defender for DuPage County, spoke briefly to her.
"She seemed upset but I don't know beyond that. She is on
suicide watch at the jail," Mara said. "I briefly spoke to
her. It's very early in the case. Obviously once I get the
evidence, I will review it with her."
The children were discovered by police shortly after 10pm on
Tuesday (local time) after the girl's mother, Marta
Dworakowski, a nurse, couldn't get into the townhome after
working the evening shift at a dialysis lab, according to
neighbors and officials.
Police broke in and found the boy on a mattress and the girl
on the floor, officials said.
Plackowska - also identified in public records as Plackowski
- told police she had taken the children with her to a church
in Naperville earlier Tuesday, then returned to the
Dworakowski home, according to a law enforcement source.
At some point on Tuesday night, Plackowska argued on the
phone with her husband because she wanted to return to her
native Poland while he wanted to remain here, the source
said. Plackowska came to the United States 12 years ago on a
vacation visa, officials said.
Prosecutors say her husband is a trucker who was gone from
home much of the week. Plackowska told police she did not
feel appreciated, and that she resented having to clean
houses to pay the bills.
"She stated she was angry with her husband because he was
gone most days as an over-the-road trucker," Berlin said.
After the slayings, Plackowska drove back to the church but
couldn't reach anyone, she allegedly told authorities. She
also left several frantic voice messages on the church's
answering machine before ultimately tossing her cellphone out
the car window, officials said.
Plackowska, covered in blood, then drove to a home on Violet
Circle in Naperville, where her adult son called 911, sources
said. Police said they recovered two knives, one in the
kitchen sink, the blade bent backward, and the other in her