Pizem in court: 'I didn't hate Rose'

Marie Pizem I didnt h

November 18, 2009 12:14


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Marie Pizem, the mother accused of the murder of her four-year-old daughter Rose in September 2008, took the witness stand at the Petah Tikva District Court on Wednesday, saying, "Stop saying that I hated her. I didn't hate Rose." She told the court that she found it difficult to care for her daughter, from whom she had been estranged for years, because the child was "hysterical" and prone to "making a mess." In her earlier testimonies, Pizem had described a life of abuse beginning with her mother and continuing with her first husband, Ben, and her second husband Ronnie Ron - Ben's father, Rose's grandfather and the chief suspect in the case. Pizem is due to continue her testimony next week. The state has failed to connect Pizem to the actual killing of her daughter, whose body was found in a suitcase in the Yarkon River a month after her death, but maintains that she encouraged Ron to kill Rose and that she knew about the murder and did not inform the police. Files found on Pizem's computer showed that she and Ron may have been planning to immigrate to the US following Rose's death.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town