Man charged in woman's beating death BALTIMORE CITY

April 15, 1993|By Roger Twigg and Michael James | Roger Twigg and Michael James,Staff Writers

A 61-year-old man on parole for a bizarre killing 15 years ago has been charged with beating a female companion to death in their Baltimore apartment, where police found the killer's confession scrawled on the walls.

Calvin Ziegler of the 2000 block of N. Charles St. was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Tuesday afternoon, shortly after a maintenance worker found the decomposed body of Debois A. Taylor, 29, police said.

Ms. Taylor's partially clothed body was found shoved into a closet of the second-floor apartment she shared with Ziegler, police said.

Dr. John E. Smialek, the chief state medical examiner, said the victim had been beaten to death by someone who repeatedly punched her in the head and body. An autopsy revealed she had died Friday, but her body wasn't discovered for four days.

Police investigators found a confession written with a felt tip marker on two walls of the apartment. The killer detailed in the confession how the murder occurred, a source close to the investigation said.

The killer also wrote that the victim "had attacked him," and that he felt he had to kill her before she killed him, the source said.

Based on the confession, officers arrested Ziegler at the Hilton -- Inn in Pikesville where he was employed, police said.

Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a spokesman for the state Division of Correction, said Ziegler had been paroled in April 1987 after serving 8 1/2 years of a 20-year sentence for second-degree murder.

He was convicted in October 1978, of killing Louise Anderson, 54, of the 1400 block of Argyle Ave., who had been strangled in March of that year at Ziegler's home on North Carey Street.

Ziegler -- whose wife was in the hospital having a baby at the time -- and Ms. Anderson had been on an all-night drinking binge when they went to his home. Neighbors reported hearing screams and hammering sounds 15 minutes later; Ziegler later opened a nailed-up door and dragged out a body in a trash bag.

At dawn, Ziegler told a policeman there was a body in a nearby alley, prosecutors said.

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