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CSI, Details and a bonus for McCain

Well, I tend to bitch about newspaper articles that fail to provide important details of a particular story, articles that leave the reader wanting just a bit more information to quench that thirst of knowledge to best understand just what happened to make "everyday life" become "news".

To insure that we maintain a All Politics, All the Time profile this week on BWOT, I dutifully point out that this will lessen the possible number of Palm Beach Hanging Chads [or at least the lesbian equivalent]. It should also give the McCain-Palin ticket a two vote edge going into the Florida race.

Police: Ex-lover stabbed Boynton Beach executive 200 times with screwdriver


Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BOYNTON BEACH — A woman who lived with her ex-partner on the city's south side stabbed her former lover more than 200 times with a Phillips-head screwdriver and then tried to conceal the killing, police said.

After committing the crime, Carol Anne Burger, 57, a writer who friends described as engaged and eager to move on with life, reported her old flame missing and then, a day later, shot herself to death in her backyard, police said.

The revelation at a news conference this morning marked the final chapter of the gruesome murder mystery, which began last Thursday with Burger's phone call and the grim discovery that followed.

A bloodied Jessica Kalish, 56, a successful software executive, was found stuffed in the backseat of her gunmetal BMW, which was parked behind 2300 S. Congress Ave.

She had been stabbed 220 times, with the wounds concentrated in the back of her head, back, arms and face, said Lt. Gary Chapman. The majority of the wounds were between an inch and an inch-and-a-half deep.

A blow to Kalish's neck likely killed her, Chapman said.

On Kalish's car, blood was splashed around the rear end and on the rear undercarriage, as if Burger had tried to load Kalish into the trunk before putting her in the backseat. Kalish's driver-side window was shattered and her keys and wallet were later found discarded on Gateway Boulevard.

As investigators studied the case, several telltale signs pointed to Burger, they said, including the ferocity and personal nature of the killing.

Detectives said Kalish exercised at LA Fitness on Wednesday night before returning home by 9:30 p.m. She was probably dead by midnight, Chapman said. After the crime, police said Burger put Kalish in the BMW and drove her to the Congress Avenue site before walking home, a distance of about 2 1/2 miles.

Burger cleaned up the garage and apparently used the washing machine and bathroom sink,[bear note here, how strong is this chick to get the garage into the washing machine???] where traces of Kalish's blood was later detected. She got into her Toyota Celica, drove to 548 E. Gateway Blvd. and tossed out Kalish's keys and wallet, police said.

On Tuesday, detectives searched the former couple's house, at 3300 Churchill Drive, and used Luminol, a chemical agent that causes blood traces to fluoresce under ultraviolet light, to uncover a "tremendous amount of blood" in the garage. It was there investigators said Burger attacked Kalish.

The Luminol also revealed Burger's glowing sneaker prints on the garage floor, "indicative of her walking through the blood," police said.

"We believe the process of killing Jessica was pretty lengthy, in and out of the car," Chapman said. "She obviously was out of her mind."

Burger's friends refused to believe she was capable of such savagery.

Despite their strained living situation - friends said Burger and Kalish were married in Massachusetts but had broken up at least a year ago - Burger was excited about her future.

"She came across as someone who was adjusting to an unpleasant, chronic situation," said Toni Armstrong, who befriended Burger about a year ago. "It seemed like a chronic, unpleasant situation rather than a crisis."

Burger and Kalish had recently hired a lawyer to draw up plans to sell the house and split the money. Kalish had met another woman and would spend hours on her side of the house, absorbed in cyber-dates with her new companion, friends said.

Burger, upset at the disintegration of her relationship and disgusted with the U.S. during the past several years, sometimes talked of moving to Panama or Mexico to start again.

That she had recently lost her job didn't help the bouts of depression she sometimes experienced, said her close friend and confidante, Helen Gale.

But when the Web site The Huffington Post tapped Burger to cover the election from Florida this month, the job seemed to give her renewed focus. Burger burned to write a story for the site's front page and poured herself into the work, Gale said.

How, she wondered, can you reconcile this person with the killer who vented such rage on Kalish?

"My gut tells me that it's impossible and that something else is going on," Gale said. "This is just beyond belief."

Police: Ex-lover stabbed Boynton Beach executive 200 times with screwdriver

Dammit, he left out the tire pressures on the bimmer.


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