4 troubling NJ stories about convicted child-killer Michelle Lodzinski
Update. Aug. 21: A judge has postponed the sentencing of Michelle Lodzinski, convicted of killing her 5-year-old son in New Jersey in 1991. so he can consider a defense motion to acquit her or grant a new trial.
Original story: Hours after a Middlesex County jury found the mother of Timothy Wiltsey guilty of his 1991 murder, New Jersey 101.5 listeners who knew Michelle Lodzinski or had participated in the search for her child called in to share some disturbing stories about their experiences involving the convicted killer.
Here are four of the most shocking stories shared by callers to the "Deminski and Doyle" show Wednesday afternoon:
'They knew it back then'
George, from East Brunswick, was one of several emergency medical technicians called to the carnival grounds in Sayreville where Lodzinski initially claimed her son went missing. In the days that followed Timmy's disappearance, EMTs searched the area with other rescue workers, but George said, as they spoke to authorities on the scene, the opinion was the same.
"That year I was on a first aid squad and we were called out to go search and go look around. ... At the carnival and beyond, and every cop that we walked into and every cop that was giving us directions told us the same thing: 'She's guilty...the kid's not around,'" George told the hosts on New Jersey 101.5. "They knew it back then. Every cop that we talked to said the same thing. We're not gonna find a thing — and we didn't.
George said police officers "would not go into it," but said they believed Timmy's mother was "guilty as hell" and they just had to "prove it."
"They knew. She changed her story, her demeanor. Everything. ... They kept saying the whole thing over and over again ... 'This is not a concerned mother.'"
Shackled to a killer
Ashley, a 32-year-old from Metuchen, said she'd had been in jail with Lodzinski, though she said Lodzinski was being housed in segregation rather than with the general prison population. Last June, Ashley found herself shackled to Lodzinski as they were transported by corrections officers to a court date, she said.
"Usually when you go to jail and you're innocent you like to tell people you're innocent. She had no problem asking me what I was there for, but I pretended like I didn't know what she was there for and asked her, she had nothing to say, she was just like 'I don't wanna talk about it."
Ashley told Deminski and Doyle that many of the women incarcerated with Lodzinski knew who she was. In fact, she was often a topic of conversation among inmates.
"A lot of people in there wanted to go after her, like, 'How do you do that to your kid?' Everybody knew. She was topic of conversation mostly every day."
Not your typical co-worker
Greg, who called New Jersey 101.5 from Piscataway, worked with Lodzinski in the late 1990s. During her employment, a pregnant Lodzinski was given three years probation for stealing a $3,100 Dell laptop computer from the heating and air conditioning company where she and Greg both worked. According to NJ Advance Media, police say Lodzinski gave the computer to her long-time friend, Union County Police officer Robert Javick, as a Christmas gift. She eventually received three years probation for the theft.
Greg said when her employers confronted her about the theft, she calmly told them she had nothing to do with it.
"If she could do that with a straight face, she could kill her child," he said.
'She had that dazed look'
Another former co-worker of Lodzinski's, Maria in Hamilton, said she also worked for the heating and air conditioning company in Princeton and remembers when the laptop was stolen. But what struck her as odd was that Lodzinski never mentioned Timmy.
"She never once said anything about her having a child," Maria said.
Maria told New Jersey 101.5 that when she was asked outright about Timmy's disappearance and the ongoing case, Lodzinski said "the cops are accusing me of something I didn't do."
On top of that, she reverted back to the first of several stories she gave police about the day Timmy disappeared, saying she was at the Sayreville carnival with her son, and when she turned around to get a soda, he disappeared, Maria said.
"She was always very strange to me. She always had that dazed look," Maria said. "I always had this feeling she did something to him."
Toniann Antonelli is a social content producer for NJ 101.5. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.
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