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Naperville babysitter went to confession before murders

JustPlackowsk(left) OliviDworakowski (right) were found stabbed death Naperville home Tuesday night Oct. 30 2012.

Justin Plackowska (left) and Olivia Dworakowski (right) were found stabbed to death in a Naperville home, Tuesday night, Oct. 30, 2012.

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Updated: December 3, 2012 6:46AM



E lzbieta Plackowska, who is charged with murder in the horrific knife slaying Tuesday of two children in a Naperville home, reportedly had a priest hear her confession at the suburb’s St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church — hours before she killed them.

The question is, what did
Plackowska tell the priest — if anything?

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin told Sneed Plackowska had gone to confession at the church — accompanied by the children — hours before she killed her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was baby-sitting.

But it’s not known what she told the priest in the confessional. Anything she said is considered privileged.

“The thought has crossed my mind about what was said, but we are dealing with privileged communication,” Berlin said. “But the investigation is still ongoing and we are going to revisit it.”

Plackowska returned to the church later that night after killing the children and found it locked, prosecutors say.

She’s charged with stabbing her son at least 100 times — and then stabbing Olivia Dworakowski at least 50 times. She told her son he was “going to heaven,” prosecutors say.

“There is no doubt she has mental issues, but she made a progression of statements to the police — like she was the victim of a robbery, then a stalker who must have gone into the house when she [had gone outside] to have a cigarette,” he said. “But she couldn’t provide details. A bloody knife was found in the back of her car.”

“Her eldest child, who is 20, was the one who called police after his mother found him at his neighbor’s house,” said Berlin. “He is the one who told us there was no history of mental illness.”

◆ The big question: Did Plackowska confess anything about the children to the priest?

◆ One of the church priests, the Rev. Richard Smith, on Thursday night said he did not speak with Plackowska on the day of the murders. A call seeking comment from other church officials was not returned.

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