She reported the rape. Weeks passed, my husband mowed the grass, drove to work. And now they’re all dead
Photo: Paweł Topolski / PAP
He choked you? No, he never hit her, never pushed her. Has the violence escalated? She reported the rape. There were no witnesses or traces. They didn’t keep my husband. Did he say he’d kill himself? Yes, but to a neighbor whom no one spoke to. Are there weapons in the house? They were killed by blows with a kitchen knife: their two little daughters, she and he.
After midnight, she heard crying outside the wall. Baby, she thought. She wasn’t alarmed. Neighbors’ children were always crying. Like little kids. Maya was three years old, Lena six.
She went to the upstairs bedroom. The crying in the apartment next door stopped quickly. Now she heard strange noises from there, tapping on the wall, scuffling on the railing, and something like someone dragging something up the stairs. What is Kasia doing so much at this hour? She didn’t think it was Tom. It was the night from Thursday to Friday, he should not be at home, he worked on a business trip during the week, he only came back on weekends.
– It must have happened then – says Mrs. Halina today, rubbing goosebumps on her arms. After all, when the news of the tragedy on Saint Martin’s Street spreads all over Tarnów, a friend will hear: “Such scenes happened there, why didn’t you do anything, one phone call would be enough.”
But what scenes? She also found out only after everything that the neighbors had a Blue Card.
The next day she was pickling cabbage from the morning. A friend came to tell me about her sick husband. Behind the wall it was quiet, the children should be in kindergarten, Kasia had to drive them in the morning and probably stayed with her mother as usual. She pickled cabbage, carried jars to the attic, comforted a friend whose husband was dying.
And what is Kasia’s mother doing here? Just after noon, she saw her through the kitchen window. She was standing in front of the gate to her daughter’s property. Why don’t they open it? She must have seen something behind the glass door of the vestibule, because immediately in the estate of terraced houses on the outskirts of Tarnów, a terrible commotion arose. Ambulances, police, firemen, full of cars, they broke a window.
– Three bodies, a rescuer I know told me – says Mrs. Halina. Then they found Tom.
The bodies of Tomasz and Katarzyna O. and their daughters were in the house locked from the inside. It was ruled out that anyone else was there besides them at the time of the tragedy. All had cuts and stab wounds in the neck and chest area. The injuries to the hands of the woman and the older girl indicated that they were defending themselves. The woman was lying on the ground floor near the front door. Man – on the first floor in the dressing room, leaning against the closed door from the inside. Everything indicates that he killed his wife and children, and finally himself – this is the version initially accepted by the investigators. They are still examining his phone, the contents of the memory device may help determine the motive and course of the event. According to the spokesman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Tarnów, Mieczysław Sienicki, the investigation will most likely be discontinued.
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