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"Zelich told detective deaths were accidental"

on Saturday, 05 July 2014. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Lake Geneva News

by Rob Ireland

Steven Zelich allegedly told a Walworth County Sheriff’s detective that he accidentally killed the two women who were found in suitcases on North Como Road during a BDSM session.

Zelich said that he met both women on an online chat site for those with BDSM interests. BDSM stands for bondage, domination and sadomasochism. Zelich had been previously linked to a sadomasochism forum in which his user name is Mr. Handcuff.

Zelich, a 52-year-old former police officer from West Allis, has been charged with two counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County. 

During a preliminary hearing on Thursday morning, Detective Jeffrey Recknagel testified that he questioned Zelich on June 25 about the two suitcases and the two women who were inside of them.

On a chat forum, Zelich met then 19-year-old Jenny Gamez of Cottage Grove, Ore. The two met in person in late 2012 or early 2013 at a hotel in Kenosha County, according to the criminal complaint.

Recknagel testified that Zelich told him he and Gamez spent several days at the hotel.

“On a Sunday, they participated in a BDSM session,” Recknagel said. “During that session he ultimately took her life.”

After Gamez died, Zelich told Recknagel he transported Gamez back to his apartment in the suitcase.

Zelich told Recknagel that he also met Laura Simonson, 37, of Farmington, Minn., on a BDSM chat site, and in person at a hotel in Rochester, Minn.

At the hotel, the two participated in BDSM activities, and on a Sunday, during their last day at the hotel, they participated in a final BDSM session.

After killing Simonson, Zelich placed her body in a suitcase and transported it to West Allis. ...

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