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Bathroom Argument May Have Led To Fatal Stabbing

Falkenstein allegedly cleaned the scene and left the body of his girlfriend in the kitchen before going to bed.

A fight over the use of a bathroom allegedly led to the stabbing death of an Essex woman last week.

John Falkenstein Jr. admitted to stabbing Janet Palasik at least five times before cleaning the scene, leaving her body in the kitchen and putting his clothes in the washing machine then going to bed, according to charging documents filed in District Court in Towson.

Falkenstein, 56, was arrested on Nov. 5 after police found the body of Palasik in his home in the 700 block of Myrth Avenue. Police found the body of the 48-year-old Palasik covered by blankets on a mattress in the kitchen.

Falkenstein is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. According to charging documents, Falkenstein was taken from the scene to an interview room in Towson, where he waived his Miranda rights.

Palasik arrived at Falkenstein's home around 7 p.m. on the night she died. She spoke to Falkenstein, her boyfriend of about two years, before going to get beer from her car. Falkenstein then went to use the bathroom, he told police.

Palasik returned a short time later and, angry that her boyfriend was in the bathroom for a long period of time, knocked on the door. He finished, unlocked the door, then Palasik came in. The two got into a fight, according to Falkenstein's statement.

Falkenstein pulled out a five-inch blade from his pants and "may have stabbed her five times." Palasik fell into the shower, where she died, according to charging documents.

Falkenstein put her body on the mattress in the kitchen, cleaned the bathroom, put the towels and his clothes in the washing machine, then went to sleep, he told police.

Seventeen hours later, police, alerted by Palasik's daughter, came to check on her, and that is when they found Palasik's body.

A preliminary hearing in the case was waived. No other hearing dates have yet been set.

R. Schaffer November 21, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Yes, everyone has 5 inch blades in their pants! Sounds like a plan you POS!
Jessica Palasik November 29, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Dear Tyler, "[Individuals] have a growing need for solitude and privacy, but modern enterprises through invasions of his privacy, subject him to mental pain and distress, far greater than could be inflicted by mere bodily injury." You must have a real rewarding career.
David White December 04, 2012 at 08:01 PM
After doing so much time 7 years then the 18 years in prison she should of known who she was dealing with. You can't lay with trash and expect not to get dirty.
Jessica Palasik December 04, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Why don't you take your own words, "When will people learn to mind their own business" and choke on them David White.

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