David Krystyniak, Park Ridge Illinois man kills 74 year old mother, Judith with sword- stuffs body in trash can. History of mental illness and erratic behavior.
David Krystyniak, 47, following his arrest on Sunday was booked with first-degree murder in the death of Judith Krystyniak, 74, Park Ridge Police Chief Frank J. Kaminski said during a Wednesday press conference.
A police officer and a social worker discovered the mother’s body on Monday after checking on the Park Ridge home that Judith Krystyniak had shared with her son for decades, Kaminski said.
The officer and social worker drove by the Krystyniak’s home earlier that morning and noticed debris strewn about the driveway that seemed out of place, police said. Krystyniak was already known to authorities because of his mental illness.
The officer and social worker knocked on the door, but no one answered. They returned several hours later and found Krystyniak in the driveway. Asked where his mother was, he said she was inside sleeping and invited the two inside. They checked the bedrooms but didn’t see his mother, the Sun-Times reported.
The officer then noticed a garbage can in the living room with a bloody hand hanging from it, Kaminski said.
‘Erratic’ Park Ridge son had a good relationship with his mother:
Inside, the officer and social worker found Judith’s body with multiple stab wounds in her chest, Kaminski said. Officers then found a 2-foot-long sword in the house along with a strewn hammer and arrested David. Kaminski said David later admitted to stabbing his mother.
Officials say they believe David planned to place the can with Judith’s battered body at the curb for the next trash pick-up day.
‘It’s not clear what triggered this tragic and sad event,’ Kaminski said, noting that investigators believe the stabbing happened on Sunday.
Despite having received calls of Krystyniak ‘doing erratic things,’ Kaminski said, police had no knowledge of domestic problems in the past.
Officials said the Krystyniaks had a good relationship and there is no clear motive at this time abc7.chicago reported.
Krystyniak’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 14. He is currently being held without bond.