Friday, December 29, 2006




In the space of just one week over Christmas, revelations about two murders on the East and West coasts have shocked Australians, not only because of the brutality surrounding the deaths of a 16 year old girl and an 81 year old woman, but because both corpses were dumped inside wheelie bins.

When the two young Perth women charged with murdering their 16 year old friend, Stacey Mitchell, appeared in court yesterday, they giggled as authorities struggled to pronounce their names. Not surprisingly, this behaviour earned them a sharp rebuke from the magistrate.

Police believe an argument broke out between the victim and her friends at a rented house in a Perth suburb on Sunday, December 17. The 16 year old girl was missing for four days before police found her remains crammed into a bin behind a house in which police found bloodstains and signs of a struggle.

But police are mystified as to why 81 year old Kathy Schweitzer, from Bellevue Hill in New South Wales, was killed. A detective admitted he was "struggling to find a motive for such a callous act."

Schweitzer lived alone in an apartment overlooking Sydney Harbour. Neighbours found her body inside a wheelie bin after they became concerned that no-one in the building had seen or spoken to her in days.

Police have assigned more than 20 detectives to the murder case, a task force commitment described as an "unusually large" number of police resources by one newspaper.

Police believe Ms Schweitzer was strangled to death in her apartment, but they've found no signs that there was a break-in, that she had been robbed or that a struggle had taken place.

Ms Schweitzer was described as a "Holocaust survivor" by 'The Australian' newspaper.

Although described by most residents and locals interviewed by media as "a very nice lady", "kind", "she always had a big smile" and "a quiet woman who kept to herself", 'The Australian' quoted a member of a Hungarian Holocaust survivors social group who claimed Ms Schweitzer was "a terrible racist. She didn't like Aborigines, or any other race. She didn't like the advantages they were gaining."

The unnamed woman suggested her murder may have followed an argument with a taxi driver, noting that taxi drivers grew "annoyed" with Ms Schweitzer because she used taxis for short journeys.

Ms Schweitzer is believed to have been active in the Hungarian Resistance during World War 2, forging fake birth certificates and ID documents for other Jews while in hiding from the Nazis.

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An Undignified Death : Strangled And Dumped In A Garbage Bin