Stacy Tremayne Chism and his family got in the spotlight in 2013 after his son Philip Chism raped and killed his math teacher, Collen Ritzer. He was tried and found guilty of the murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2015. he also has another open case of attempted murder against him. He’s currently serving a 40-year prison sentence.
What drove Philip Chism to commit such a heinous act against his teacher? What was the fate of his family? Keep reading to get detailed answers to the case.
Stacy Tremayne Chism Family
Stacy Tremayne Chism and his wife Diana Amanda Chism got married in September 1998, according to the documents from the Montgomery County court. According to the records, their marriage was under constant commotion. Diana filed for divorce in March 2001, but it didn’t go through as they reconciled in June 2001. In addition, there were two more petitions for legal separation in 2011 and 2013. Another report by WCVB Boston shows that the couple finalized their divorce in 2014.
Stacy Tremayne and Diana Amanda Chism had three children, two daughters, and a son. The whereabouts of the family after the case are unknown.
Stacy Tremayne Chism’s Son
Phillip Chism was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, U.S., on 21 January 1999. He grew up with his parents. However, his father was absent for some time due to the rocky nature of his relationship with his mother. When he was fourteen, he joined a Denver secondary school.
On a fateful day in October 2013, Philip Chism fiercely assaulted and killed his secondary school maths teacher named Colleen Ritzer. His attempts to run away were futile as cops who wanted to take him back to his parents stopped him, unaware that he had just committed a grave murder. When asked to see what was in the backpack, the police discovered the slain teacher’s credit card and a box shaper with blood. When asked whose blood it was, he said, “the young lady.”
Philip had raped and attempted to kill Ritzer in the school bathroom, after which he dragged her body into a forested region behind the athletic field of his school. He slit her throat with the blade and raped her again, then left her covered with leaves and junk in an attempt to hide the body.
Philip was fourteen at the time of the crime, and he got convicted of murder. He also faced an additional assault and attempted murder on a female youth administration clinician. Two years after Colleen Ritzer’s death, Chism was sentenced for first-degree murder, assault, and theft since he had been caught with Ritzer’s driving license, credit card, and panties.
According to his mother, Philip’s family has a history of mental illness that has affected some family members over the years. He also had a turbulent time growing up since his mother moved to Tennessee and later to her dad’s home in Florida. For killing 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer, Chism was condemned to life in jail and won’t be free on bail until he has served 40 years in prison, after which he can file a petition. The second case of attempted murder is still active in court, and we’ll update you when the court reaches a verdict.
We may never know what led Philip to kill his maths teacher, but the cold-blooded act left many people shuddering due to the severity of his actions. His family is said to live in the U.S.A, but they keep it under the radar.