Killer’s cryptic clues about the beauty queen he stabbed to death: Stalker jailed for murdering Polish glamour model in front of her two-year-old daughter ‘left sinister notes in library book’ about his own horrific crime
- Stalker jailed for 1990s murder of a glamour model left chilling notes in a book
- Obsessed fan Jerzy Lisiewski may have done so in an attempt to ‘clear his name’
- Agnieszka Kotlarska was killed in front of husband and 2.5-year-old daughter
A crazed stalker jailed for the brutal murder of a 1990’s glamour model left chilling notes in a library book in an attempt to ‘clear his name’.
In a crime that shocked the fashion world, international beauty Agnieszka Kotlarska was knifed to death in front of her husband and two-year-old daughter outside their home.
Jailed in 1996, obsessed fan Jerzy Lisiewski spent 15 years behind bars.
Now, 11 years after his release, the handwritten notes attempting to exonerate him from blame have been found in a book documenting the murder.
One of the sinister scrawls reads: ‘Not true… he showed that Jerzy L … the address of the victim from the phone book. The defendant’s lawyer showed that the victim’s husband could be … Attempted murder … the case is different … events other than the husband’s version given in the book’.
Although it is unclear when exactly the notes were written, the library has now asked the police to increase foot patrols in the area and one officer has said he is 99.9 percent certain the notes are from the killer.
In a crime that shocked the fashion world, international beauty Agnieszka Kotlarska (pictured) was knifed to death in front of her husband and 2.5-year-old daughter outside their home
Building an international modelling career, she began travelling the world and appearing on the covers of leading fashion magazines, including Vogue and Cosmopolitan
A crazed stalker jailed for the murder of a 1990’s glamour model has left chilling notes in a library book in an attempt to ‘clear his name’
Jailed in 1996, obsessed fan Jerzy Lisiewski spent 15 years behind bars and has since allegedly written in a book about the murder
Obsessed fan Jerzy Lisiewski (pictured in court) spent 15 years behind bars for the brutal murder
The murder of the stunning Polish glamour model happened outside her home (pictured) and in front of her husband and daughter
Just 24 years old at the time of her death, Kotlarska came to public attention in 1991 after being crowned Miss Poland.
In the autumn of the same year, at the age of 19 she became the first Polish woman to win the Miss International competition.
Snapped up by Ford Modelling Agency, she quickly became the face of fashion companies such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
Lisiewski’s obsession, however, had started the year before after seeing her modelling a wedding dress.
Attempting to strike up a conversation, the then 31-year-old offered to walk her the few hundred metres to where she lived with her parents.
Just 24 years old at the time of her death, Kotlarska came to public attention in 1991 after being crowned Miss Poland. In the autumn of the same year, at the age of 19 she became the first Polish woman to win the Miss International competition (pictured)
In a documentary made after the killer’s release from prison he described her reluctance to talk to him as a ‘sultry barrier’ which had ‘charged’ him
The Polish glamour model featured in a number of fashion house campaigns that cemented her place on the world stage
The Polish beauty was just 24 years old when she was murdered in front of her husband and daughter in Poland
Snapped up by Ford Modelling Agency, she quickly became the face of fashion companies such as Ralph Loren and Calvin Klein
Finding out the number of her apartment he then began bombarding her with letters, the first of which was about a dwarf and a princess.
He later turned up outside her home dressed as dwarf in a red jacket and began following her to school.
In a documentary made after his release from prison he described her reluctance to talk to him as a ‘sultry barrier’ which had ‘charged’ him.
Her stalker Lisiewski’s obsession had started after seeing the Polish model wearing a wedding dress
Although it is unclear when the notes were written, author Iza Michalwicz said it was clear that Lisiewski was the author
She said: ’I was struck by his knowledge of the killer’s past (education, military service, work), but especially his emotional memory’
He added that he had wanted recognition from her and that her ‘clear indifference’ had turned him on.
In another letter he proposed marriage.
Little did he know that she was already in a relationship.
After winning the Miss International competition, Kotlarska and her lover moved to the US and in 1993 married.
After winning the Miss International competition, Kotlarska and her lover moved to the US and in 1993 married
In 1996, glamour model Kotlarska and her husband decided to return to Poland with their daughter
Building an international modelling career, she began travelling the world and appearing on the covers of leading fashion magazines, including Vogue and Cosmopolitan.
Meanwhile, Lisiewski who was working in IT was keeping tabs on her career.
In 1996, Kotlarska and her husband decided to return to Poland with their daughter.
Due to fly out on July 17 on TWA Flight 800, she narrowly escaped death after a modelling job with Estée Lauder forced her to cancel.
The plane crashed near Long Island killing everyone on board.
Reading about her lucky escape in the local papers, when she returned to Poland Lisiewski began hounding her once again.
He later said: ‘When I saw a small mention in the press about a crash in which she may have died, those old feelings were revived and I started looking for her again.
‘There were no cell phones, but it didn’t take James Bond to find someone, a phone book, number and address. Bingo.’
Tracking down the Top Model’s new address and telephone number, in a fury he called her and said: ‘I loved you! You have wasted my life.’
One month later he confronted her outside her house.
Yelling abuse at the model as she sat in her car, he was suddenly grabbed by her husband.
Stabbing him in the leg, Lisiewski then plunged his knife four times into the 5ft7 model’s chest.
Author Iza Michalwicz said the killer was clearly still obsessed with the model and was trying to exonerate himself from murder by claiming it was an accident
Fleeing the scene, Lisiewski later handed himself into police.
At his trial he said that Kotlarska had been ‘the love of his life’ and after seeing her with her husband and daughter and realising that he ‘would never have her’, he ‘went crazy and lost control’ of himself.
The judge noted that he ‘did not feel guilty and did not show remorse.’
Following his release, he was sentenced to another year for GBH after beating a Romanian man who had attempted to break into his house senseless.
Now, a crime author who wrote about the murder, says handwritten notes from the killer have been found inside one of her books at a public library.
Written in a ‘prison style’ which omits vowels and consonants to shorten the words, the style is designed to be unintelligible to ordinary people.
But after deciphering what she could, author Iza Michalwicz said the killer was clearly still obsessed with the model and was trying to exonerate himself from murder by claiming it was an accident.
Posting one of the notes on social media, Michalwicz said: ‘It seems that the killer of Miss Poland Agnieszka Kotlarska read my book “Ballads of Murderers. Criminal Wrocław”.
‘He says he didn’t know that it was her that he attacked with the knife.
‘It seems that to this day he believes that Agnieszka Kotlarska was killed by accident.
’I hope he won’t try to convince me personally.’
She added: ‘He borrowed the book from the library in Wrocław (or looked through it on the spot).
She worked for Ralph Lauren and was even thanked by the fashion house’s founder after being a ‘beautiful part’ of one of his shows
The model pictured in an advert for top fashion house Ralph Lauren
She posed in striped trousers and long pearl necklaces as she was accompanied by a dalmation for on of Ralph Lauren’s adverts
A magazine advert from 1993 featured the Polish glamour model in a beret wearing eyeglasses as she sniffed a flower
‘Nine photos with comments (including information that did not appear in the court files or among my interlocutors), obviously putting the victim’s husband in a bad light, were sent to me today by a reader.’
Although it is unclear when the notes were written, Michalwicz said it was clear that Lisiewski was the author.
She said: ’I was struck by his knowledge of the killer’s past (education, military service, work), but especially his emotional memory.’
She added that her suspicions that Lisiewiski was behind the notes were confirmed by a police officer familiar with the case.
She was a world-famous model by the time she was a young woman and featured on numerous adverts
The model’s widower Jaroslaw Swiartek has also admitted that he is concerned about Lisiewski after his release
She featured in a shoot that showed off cotton patchwork bell-bottoms by Norma Kamali and necklaces from Himalayan Crafts
She pulled a number of poses for magazine front covers during her time as a leading glamour model
She said: ‘In his opinion, it is 99.9 percent certain that it must have been Agnieszka’s killer. It is his handwriting.
’This is a dangerous person. His first instinct is to attack, to grab a knife.
‘He puts himself in the role of a victim.’
Kotlarska’s daughter who works as a journalist in New York uses a pseudonym in fear that the killer may go after her.
And the model’s widower Jaroslaw Swiartek has also admitted that he is concerned about Lisiewski.
He told local media; ‘He reportedly confided to fellow prisoners that his dream was to finish the job, that is, to kill me and my daughter.
‘We will never live normally, I have eyes in the back of my head and my daughter “doesn’t exist”.
‘Safety is the most important thing.’
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