‘A bad man hurt mommy’: Cathy Krauseneck’s household remembers ax homicide and justice lastly served many years later
The sister of youthful mom Cathy Krauseneck — who was found murdered with an ax virtually 40 years previously — recalled how “devastated” she was after the tragic slaying.
Annett Schlosser opened as a lot as “Dateline” about her sister — who was current in her mattress with an ax lodged in her head in 1982. She was merely 29 years earlier.
“I was devastated,” she remembers. “And here I [wtas] at my sister’s funeral; My best friend, my mentor, my world.”
The case, which turned usually generally known as the “Brighton Ax Murder,” went chilly for many years until authorities reopened the investigation in 2015.
In Nov. 2019, Brighton police lastly arrested her husband, James Krauseneck, and charged him with homicide after investigators have been able to hyperlink him to Cathy’s killing with assist from the FBI and trendy DNA testing.
This fall, James, now 70, was convicted of Cathy’s homicide and sentenced to 25-years to life in jail.
After the homicide, James knowledgeable police he found his partner lifeless of their mattress room when he returned residence from his job at Kodak Company, the place he labored as an economist. He said he moreover found his 3-year-old daughter, Sara, sitting in her mattress room on the residence unharmed.
According to Dateline, police said that Sara talked to her father after her mother’s dying.
“I couldn’t find you,” police reported that she knowledgeable him. “I didn’t know how to call you; I didn’t know what street to ride my bike on.”
The little girl knowledgeable police that she seen a “bad man” in her father or mom’s mattress room, nevertheless James refused subsequent interviews with cops, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
The day after the homicide, James left Rochester with Sara in tow, to return to Michigan, the place his household lived.
“I do recall [Sara] saying that ‘A bad man hurt my mommy,’” Schlosser knowledgeable Dateline. “That’s what she would say.”
Sara has stood by her father for years. At her father’s sentencing listening to in Nov. Sara maintained that it’s “absolutely inconceivable” James might need killed her mother in such a brutal technique, in response to the Democrat & Chronicle.
Cathleen’s father, 95-year-old Robert Schlosser, had no doubts about his former son-in-law’s guilt and even accused him of brainwashing Sara.
“Jim, I hope you live for 100 years and enjoy your new home,” Schlosser said in an announcement to the courtroom at his sentencing.
James moreover held his private innocence, telling the courtroom “I did not murder Cathy,” in response to 13 WHAM.
“I loved Cathy with all my heart and with all my soul. I continue to be haunted by why someone would murder such a beautiful person.”
James’ attorneys said they plan to attraction his verdict.
Dateline’s two-hour specific on the case, “The Bad Man,” airs on Friday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m.