Naperville Mom's Conversation with Priest Protected, Report

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    The public may never know what Elzbieta Plackowska told a priest during an alleged confession before murdering her son and a girl she was babysitting in Naperville.

    The Catholic rite of Confession falls under privileged conversation under the court of law, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report which looked at the alleged exchage from a legal perspective.

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    Sun-Times reported she talked with a priest in private during her earlier visit, but the context of the conversation could determine the degree of privilege the conversation fails under.

    If Plackowska wanted her words to be made public, depending on the conversation, religious laws may protect the priest from sharing her confidential statements, the report stated. Unless she expressed an intent to cause sexual or physical harm to the children, then the priest would be obiligated to abide by state law.

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    Plackowska said she had visited the Violet Church in Naperville with the children on the same day she murdered them. The church was also the first place she fled to after stabbing the children to death.

    On Friday, Plackowska took advantage of an opportunity to replace Judge George Bakalis, who presided over the Marilyn Lemak murder trial, a Naperville woman accused of drugging and smothering her three young children in 1999.

    Police said Plackowska confessed to the crime, and admitted to stabbing her son to death in order to hurt her husband who didn't appreciate her.

    Plackowski's son, Justin, was stabbed 100 times amid pleas to stop. The 5-year-old girl, Olivia Dworakowski, was stabbed 50 times. Both had their throats slashed.
    Plackowski allegedly told police that the children had devils inside them, according to a police account from Plackowski's bond hearing.

    Plackowski is being held with no bond on two counts of first degree murder. Her public defender told NBC 5 that his client is on suicide watch and very upset.