BBPD: Kalish stabbed 222 times with screwdriver

By Al Pefley email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - "She obviously was out of her mind," police said.

That is what police are saying about Carol Ann Burger, 57, of Boynton Beach, who they say flew into a rage last week and stabbed her roommate and former girlfriend Jessica Kalish, 56,  222 times with a screwdriver.

"It certainly was a rage," said Lt. Gary Chapman of the Boynton Beach Police Department. "Whether it was tied to jealousy or what have you, they were a couple."

Detectives say Kalish had just returned home from the gym about 9:15 on Oct. 22, and was attacked in her garage, she was stabbed repeatedly, and then Burger put the body in the backseat of Kalish's BMW, drove about 2 1/2 miles away and abandoned the car and then walked or ran home.

Using a chemical called Luminol that detects blood stains, police took photos showing "a tremendous amount of blood" had been cleaned up from the garage, the washing machine, a shower, and the bathroom floor and sink.

They also found Burger's sneaker prints in the garage where she had walked through the blood.

"We know there were some domestic issues going on at this point and that there was a pending break-up of the couple," Lt. Chapman said.

Police say the next day, Thursday, after someone found Jessica Kalish's car keys and wallet, Burger phoned police about 1 p.m. to report Kalish was missing. During that call, she said Kalish never returned home from the gym and did not show up for work or a doctor's appointment.

Burger then shot and killed herself in the backyard.

"I'm just so sorry for the whole thing," said Doris Braunworth, a neighbor. "They were neighbors of mine. And it's just a horrible thing. That's about all I can say about it."

"That it happened like that down the street, that's just scary. You hear stories like that all over and you're like that's really tragic and everything. But to have it that close to home it's just spooky and eerie!" said Meghan Bruder, another neighbor.

Detectives say they did not find a suicide note. But they did recover three computers that belonged to the women. They plan to go through the computers, looking for clues that could help explain what led to the murder-suicide.

They say Burger and Kalish were ending their romantic relationship, were selling the house, both had changed jobs recently and may have been going through financial troubles.