Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
New Details in No. Tier Murder & Attack
Written By: Tanja Rekhi
LIBERTY, PA (WENY) -- Edwina and Oliver Litzelman lived peacefully at their home in Liberty for over 50 years, but that tranquility was shattered when Edwina invited a stranger into her home who claimed she was a distant relative named Valerie Litzelman. According to court documents, she says she was working on genealogy.
Oliver Litzelman's younger brother, Roland says he never imagined anything like this would happen, especially on the busy highway the Litzelman's live on. He says when he got the call, he thought his brother had a stroke. He had one just two weeks ago.
"This woman broke [Edwina's] ribs, kicked her, choked her, she's black and blue from one end to the other," says Roland Litzelman.
Court documents indicate the woman asked 81-year-old Edwina to call for her husband who was working out by the pond. The woman then asked the couple for money and became increasingly agitated when they didn't give her any. She shot 82-year-old Oliver in the head and neck.
She stabbed and beat 81-year-old Edwina leaving her with a stab wound and bruising all over her body. The suspect yanked the phone cord from the wall and then ran.
Rolan says Edwina tried to write "help" on the window with lipstick, but she didn't have the strength.
The Litzelman's daughter Deborah usually comes over for dinner on Sundays; that's when she found her father dead and her mother bleeding.
Oliver has been cremated, Edwina's being transported to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro tomorrow. Rolan says she's doing a lot better, but she probably doesn't want to move back into her home.
"You know what's going to be on her mind all the time, laying there stabbed bleeding to death and he laying there dead for two days. It's awful just to think [about], but she's a tough woman," says Rolan.
He's hoping the suspect is caught soon. Police describe the suspect as a thin, middle aged white woman with dark, shoulder length hair, driving a green 4-door car. Anyone with information that'll help with the arrest of the suspect is asked to call State Police at 570-662-2151.