Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic World News News Feature

Prosecutor traces brutal murder of Mary Stachowicz October 27, 2006

An Illinois prosecutor told a Chicago court that Mary Stachowicz, a 51-year-old mother of 4 children-- was raped, beaten, and strangled before she was finally stabbed to death in November 2002 by a homosexual man who resented her efforts to convince him that he should curb his promiscuous sexual behavior.

"There is a monster in the courtroom today," said prosecutor Jim McKay. He was referring to Nicholas Gutierrez, the man accused of killing Stachowicz. The prosecutor gave jurors a graphic description of the brutal crime, in which the devout Catholic woman was stabbed so often that the blade of the assailant's hunting knife was damaged. The killer then wrapped his victim's body in plastic and hid it under the floor of his apartment. Gutierrez later confessed to the crime.

Friends of the slain woman say that Mary Stachowicz, who had a reputation for providing assistance to friends in need, was trying to help Gutierrez, who lived in an apartment about the funeral home where she worked.

A court-appointed lawyer for the defendant told jurors that Stachowitz had physically assaulted Gutierrez-- a solidly-built man of above average height-- and he killed her in a panic reaction.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering April 22
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20