It’s very difficult to get material on this as it is clearly not of great interest to people who like to think pretty girls are, by definition, innocent. However, this site covers it quite well.
Robert Schwartz, 57, was nationally renowned in the field of biometrics and DNA research. The Associated Press’s Matthew Barakat reports that Schwartz had been working for the past 15 years on DNA sequencing analysis at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Virginia.
Ironically, while the discovery of DNA identification in the 1980s revolutionized crime investigation, especially for extreme crimes such as rape and murder, Schwartz himself fell victim to one such incident.
On Monday, December 10, 2001, Schwartz did not show up for work. His coworkers phoned a neighbor to check on him. He had lived alone since his wife had died and was usually quite punctual, so they were worried.
They had good reason to be. His corpse was found facedown in his log-and-slate farmhouse, situated near Hamilton, which was around forty miles west of Washington, D.C. He had been stabbed repeatedly (one report said thirty times, another forty-five) with a sharp knife-like implement some time on December 8, two days earlier, and left where he had died.
Investigators who arrived at the scene could clearly see an ‘X’ carved into the skin on the back of Schwartz’s neck, according to the Bloodbank newsletter.
Within days, the police had arrested three friends of Schwartz’s college-age daughter, Clara: Kyle Hulbert, 18; Michael Paul Pfohl, 21; and Katherine Inglis, 19. After the three started talking, there was little doubt that Hulbert had killed the victim, but his bizarre confession and the reasons he gave initially pushed investigators in the wrong direction.
On Halloween, Vietnamese immigrant Kathy Nguyen, a hospital technician, inhaled anthrax and died in Manhattan . She had no known connection with the spores, and no bacteria were found in any place where she had been during the previous week.
On November 12, Dr. Benito Que, a biologist, was attacked by four men wielding a baseball bat at the Miami Medical School.
Then Harvard microbiologist Don Wiley, who was investigating immune disorders, vanished. His car was found abandoned on a bridge over the Mississippi River. His family insisted that he would not have committed suicide, yet his body was found three hundred miles downriver.
While investigators were still searching for him, Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, a microbiologist who worked with biological weapons in the former Soviet Union, died of a stroke, and on December 14, microbiologist Set Van Nguyen suffocated in an Australian storage area full of gas.
It seemed odd that so many scientists had died within a month of one another, and Schwartz was added to this list.
Sieveking ended the article on a suggestive note: “It is possible that nothing connects this string of events; but as with the deaths between 1982 and 1988 of 25 scientists connected with the defense industry—many of which were bizarre or mysterious—it offers ample fodder for the conspiracy theorist or thriller writer.”
[That's a post in itself.]
The police had interviewed Clara Schwartz, the daughter, for five hours on December 12, two days after the murder, and she had said then that she did not think that Hulbert, a recent acquaintance, would do such a thing. But she also admitted that in her “heart of hearts” she knew he would. They let her go.
Unfortunately she had failed to tell them, when notified about her father’s death, that Hulbert had told her on December 9 that he had committed the murder the day before. She had also failed to inform them about the “vampire role-playing game.”
Katherine Inglis claimed to have had some idea of what was about to occur on December 8 when she and her boyfriend, Michael Pfohl, gave Hulbert a ride to the Schwartz home to “do a job.” They discussed an alibi among them, deciding to say that they had gone to the area to get something for Clara, but no one had been home.
Clara Jane Schwartz, 21, was arrested on February 1, 2002, at her dorm on the James Madison University campus where she was a sophomore. A computer was also removed from her room, and she was charged as the fourth person in the conspiracy to murder Robert Schwartz.
A good, regular girl
Documents found during a legal search indicated that she had helped to plan her father’s murder with the other three suspects. Her grandfather denied to reporters that she’d had any such contact with the suspects, as grandfathers would normally do.
Friends and family saw Clara as “friendly, a good student, avidly interested in history and Civil War battlefields, a computer-science major who owned her own horse, smart and on her way to being quite accomplished.” An all round good girl.
Yet some also knew her as brooding and rebellious. According to the Washington Post, she liked to dress in the gothic look, sported dark clothing and liked to listen to heavy metal music. She tended to hang out with people who preferred an alternative lifestyle—”alts”.
Her grandfather acknowledged that she was drawn toward a “fringe” group of young people. Other relatives said that in recent years she had been distant from the family.
Inglis now admitted to investigators that Clara had told her and the other two that her father had been violent with her and had tried to poison her “at least eleven times.” Family members denied this attempt to shift blame onto her father.
The investigation analysed coded e-mails and instant messages among the four friends regarding Clara’s alleged domestic situation. She’d kept them in a file labeled “UW People,” for Underworld, in her dorm room.
Clara had told the others that her father had tried to poison her and she thought her life would be better if he were eliminated. When Clara wanted to talk about murder in these messages, she used the word, “tay,” and she referred to her father as OG—”Old Guy.”
She told reporters that she thought Hulbert was “just joking” when he said he would do it. Yet she also admitted that she had believed that he actually would, and in one message, as reported in AP, she said that “all I ask is that it not trace back to me.”
According to the Washington Post at the end of March, 2002, Clara had been searching for several months for someone to kill her father. She met Kyle Hulbert in October at a Renaissance festival in Crownsville, MD, and managed to convince him to do the “noble thing” for a “damsel in distress.”
Clara sent Hulbert a check for $60 on the night before the murder, via overnight delivery. She apparently told detectives it was for Hulbert to be able to pay for gas to get to the farmhouse, gloves to prevent him from leaving fingerprints, a cap (“do-rag”) to prevent him from shedding hair that might be found and link him to the scene, and rags to clean up any potential trace evidence. He was also to purchase a phone card so he could call her without the call being traced to his phone.
There was no suggestion she’d told him to buy bleach to scrub the murder scene area.
Pretrial hearings indicated that Clara now claimed to have been sexually abused by her father. Her defense attorneys hoped to portray her as a kid dealing with troubling issues who found escape in fantasy and thus did not realize that the young man she had urged to kill her father might actually go through with it.
Her change in story and the new embellishments did not cut much ice as they had not been consistent claims all the way along.
In an opening statement, prosecutor Jennifer Wexton said that Clara had initially asked a man named Patrick House, 21, to kill her father.
He had participated in her roleplaying fantasy game in the role of an assassin, but he said when he had realized that Clara was serious about committing a violent act, he quickly distanced himself from the others. He said that she hated her father and wanted her considerable inheritance.
Patrick House had briefly dated her prior to the killing of her father. He described the fantasy game called “Underworld” that Clara had invented. She had played a character called Lord Chaos, and he had been an assassin. Clara referred to the victim in the game as Old Guy, her “evil father.” She ordered House to kill him as part of the game, but eventually he found a way to put her off until he could extricate himself from the role.
The internet had played a large role in the pre-crime time frame and the role-playing was an important part of her attempts to find someone who’d do the job. Whenever there is a crime involving a girl of this age range, the computer is one of the first places to look, along with the phone.
On February 10, after the judge decided that the defense’s motion issue about abuse would have had no effect on the verdict, he sentenced Clara Schwartz to 48 years in prison, meaning she would be released when she was 68 (with a possible reduction to age 61). Judge Horne told her in a fatherly manner that she was responsible for her actions.
The New Child
The difference between a child of today and one of yesteryear is that today’s is alienated from his/her surroundings, his/her reality is the indiscriminate sexuality and the Temple of Set “do as thou will” admonition although clearly the kids don’t always understand the satanist underpinnings, for the simple reason that they are not brought up to understand the G-d/satan dichotomy, except in such films as The Golden Compass, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
Harry Potter is the new mythology. Therefore, the whole notion of wrong and right is blurred and as a kid has no broad life experience to discern the wheat from the chaff, his/her values are only what he/she experiences, reinforced by peer experience of the same thing.
The schools, which used to know what right and wrong were are stacked with humanist socialists and those still in the sytem who hold the old values are prevented by regulations from imparting what the parents should have imparted. Therefore the kids are turned in on themselves and are getting a sewed idea of what the world is about, an ignorant view too as scholarship is no longer the summum bonum.
The forces of darkness have won the day, darkness itself being portayed as light and light as dark – The Golden Compass shows that to a T. It’s jsut a film, yes, but kid’s films are the only reality in their lives now. The precepts of the church are long gone.
Not all girls are as extreme as Clara Schwartz but as these cases keep popping up all over the world, people who once said, “What absolute rubbish,” will increasingly say, “Hang on a minute – what’s going on here?” … just as they have started to and will increasingly do about Them in the socio-economic area.
It’s just a question of time.
By the way, does anyone know anything about the Arthur Miller play The Crucible? I’m a bit hazy on the details but who turned out to be the villains in that play?
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