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November 22, 2013

Document reveals new details in teacher death


 "I hate you all." 

That's what the note found next to the partly buried body of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer when police discovered her in a wooded area adjacent to the school the morning after she was slain, court documents released this morning reveal. 

Police believe that note was written by Philip Chism, a 14-year-old boy who is charged with robbing, raping and then murdering Ritzer, 24, inside a student bathroom at the school. 

The detail is among many new facts contained in an affidavit released this morning, a day after Chism was indicted by an Essex County grand jury. 

The affidavit by state Trooper Robert LaBarge also details a timeline, compiled from surveillance video. 

Prosecutors also say he planned the attack. 

This story will be updated throughout the day. Check back at for more details. 


Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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