BETHESDA – Police say a woman killed her roommate last weekend over “witchcraft.”
It took Montgomery County Police homicide detectives less than 24 hours to make an arrest in the county’s 17th homicide of the year.
Police say Chong Park, who lived in an apartment at White Flint Station in the 11800 block of Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, hadn’t been seen in several days. Her daughter, Connie Park, called the apartment manager to check on Park’s safety. The manager found Park dead inside her apartment.
MCPD Captain Paul Starks said county police and EMS units responded to the apartment building shortly after 10 a.m. for a reported body inside an apartment.
“When patrol units and EMS units arrived on the scene, they found Chong Park, 67, with multiple stab wounds,” Starks said. “She may have been dead for quite some time. This is a very quiet area of Montgomery County.”
When police and fire personnel arrived on the scene, they found Park’s roommate, 53-year-old Rita Narcissa Sanders-Campfield, in the apartment. Police took Sanders-Campfield to the homicide unit for questioning.
Starks said as police questioned Park’s roommate, officers searching the apartment found a journal, believed to belong to Sanders-Campfield, near her bed. In it she had written that Park was “evil” and practiced “witchcraft.”
Starks said officers also found clothing in Sanders-Campfield’s closet and a pair of scissors on Park’s bed that were covered in blood.
Sanders-Campfield spoke with both Connie and Chong Park on Saturday on the subject of religion and mentioned that she was seeking to be “perfected.” Starks said when asked how that was going, Sanders-Campfield reportedly said it wasn’t going well.
Sanders-Campfield has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville.