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The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office on Thursday filed an indictment against
Ze’ev and Olga Gorelik for allegedly murdering Iris Gorelik Visilib and melting
her body with chemicals to cover up the crime.
The alleged murder was
also shocking in the defendants’ alleged use of the Internet to research
techniques for melting the body and use of Skype to coordinate the
The defendants were charged with murder, destroying evidence and
obstruction of justice – by melting the body.
Ze’ev and Iris were married
from 1995 to 2009 and had two children. In 2007, Ze’ev left his wife and moved
in with a woman named Ana Tortikovsky with whom he had a daughter in 2008. The
indictment does not specify anything else regarding Ana, but it does state that
in 2011, Ze’ev married Olga.
Ze’ev was obligated by court order to pay
child support to Iris for the benefit of their children, and recently his
overdue debt to her had reached nearly NIS 70,000. Following Ze’ev’s failure to
pay, Iris filed a collection action and eventually placed a lien on Ze’ev’s
salary to garnish his wages in February.
Starting on March 11, the
indictment stated that Olga started doing suspicious Internet searches. First
she engaged with “the chemical forum, how to melt hair.” On March 12, she did
dozens of online searches about “different ways for how to melt a person’s
body,” “how to hide a body,” “which chemicals are the best to melt a body in
home condition” and others, said the indictment.
Later, on March 12,
Ze’ev bought a series of chemicals which would later be used to melt the body at
a store in Jerusalem, the indictment alleged.
According to the
indictment, on April 29, Ze’ev went to meet up with Iris at her office. He and
Iris then traveled to Ze’ev and Olga’s residence.
The indictment was
unclear on where Olga was during the murder itself, but she was close by enough
to give Ze’ev additional “operational” strategy details about which neighbors
Upon entering the residence, Ze’ev stabbed Iris to death,
said the indictment. Next, the indictment said that Ze’ev and Olga melted Iris’s
body using a series of chemicals. The two drove and parked Iris’s car in the
east Jerusalem neighborhood Beit Hanina to throw off any potential police
investigation, according to the indictment.
However, the next morning the
police arrived at their residence to investigate that Iris was missing and
arrested the two upon finding Iris’s melted remains.
The state also
requested to remand both defendants to police custody until the end of the
proceedings. The state’s motion for remand will be heard on June 3.