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A 36-year-old Chicago woman is accused of killing and dismembering the body of her 69-year-old landlord and stuffing parts of her remains in a freezer, just days after receiving an eviction notice.
Sandra Kolalou was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and concealing a homicide in the death of Frances Walker. She’s also charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a 24-year-old truck driver, police said in a news release.
Police discovered a head and several limbs inside a freezer after other tenants reported Walker missing, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Kolalou resided at Walker’s boarding house. She had been served with an eviction notice “as recently as Saturday,” Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told reporters at a press briefing on Monday.
“That very well could possibly be what escalated this into the defendant becoming extremely angry and committing this horrific act,” Deenihan said.
Walker was last spotted on Sunday taking a walk. Tenants at the boarding house became concerned for her safety because they had not seen her for more than a day, Deenihan said.
He also said that several of the tenants were afraid of Kolalou and had previously made calls to 911 about her.
They told police that they heard screaming in the apartment about 2:30 in the morning on Monday.
Kolalou was still at the residence when police arrived on the scene, but she was about to leave with a tow truck driver and refused to speak with police, telling them she knew her rights.
Deenihan said she used Walker’s credit card to pay for the tow truck.
She left with the driver, and they headed to Foster Beach. The tenants were concerned for the tow truck driver’s safety, because they believed Kolalou was dangerous, and exchanged information with him, Deenihan said.
While searching the home police found blood in the bedroom, blood on knives and later discovered Walker’s remains in the freezer, "at which point we backed out of the residence to secure a search warrant to go back in and retrieve all evidence properly,” Deenihan said.
He told reporters that Walker was probably killed in her bedroom and dismembered, possibly with a butcher knife, on the first floor of her home.
Some of the tenants followed Kolalou and the driver to Foster Beach, where she threw a large plastic bag in the trash and the tenants later found bloody rags inside a garbage can, Deenihan said.
“The tow truck driver actually gave us a location and explained the person he was transporting actually pulled a knife, so officers responded to the scene and place the suspect into custody,” Deenihan said.
He said Kolalou is refusing to cooperate and still won’t speak with police.
Family, friends and neighbors said Walker was a kind and caring woman who opened her home to women in need.
“She was very generous with her time,” her brother, Arnold Walker, told the Chicago Sun Times. “She had older friends that she kept in touch with who had mobility problems and she would give them rides around the Chicago area. She took people to church or other occasions, or out to eat.”
Walker also told the paper that his sister was devoted to their older brother who struggles with mental health issues.
“A big part of her life was watching over the welfare of her brother,” he said. “People are worried about what they are gonna tell him.”
She was an accomplished piano player and played for several local churches.
Two days before her death she played piano at a class for the Evanston School of Ballet, where she worked as an accompanist for years.
“I have that wonderful memory to cherish,” Kerry Hubata, co-founder of the school, told the Chicago Sun Times. “Fran was gentle, sweet, generous, kind. I just can’t believe an ending like this.”
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