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Man Decapitates Girlfriend, Kills Self

March 25, 2004

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) _ A man who was suspected of harming his girlfriend killed himself after leading police on a high-speed chase, and the woman’s head, knives and a gun were found in the man’s car.

Authorities found Heather Mullins-Keltz’s dismembered body in the Plainfield, Conn., home she had shared with Michael Shechtman.

Shechtman, 33, shot himself in the head Wednesday as police approached his car after a high-speed chase through several Rhode Island towns.

A co-worker had told authorities that Shechtman seemed suicidal and may have harmed his live-in girlfriend, Rhode Island State Police Maj. Brendan Doherty said.

The chase began after troopers shadowed the co-worker to a meeting she had arranged with Shechtman. Meanwhile, Connecticut authorities checked the couple’s home and found the body of Mullins-Keltz, 20.

After Shechtman killed himself, police found the woman’s head wrapped in a plastic bag on the front seat, as well as a handgun, a fully loaded 9 mm magazine pouch and two knives, authorities said.

Shechtman was a marketing manager at Technic Inc., a metal-plating company in Cranston, and had been working on a doctoral dissertation at the University of Rhode Island, a company vice president said.