Rose Pizem was born in
Paris, a place most people would love to visit some day. Born to
Benjamin Pizem and Marie-
Charlotte Renault, Rose's life wasn't going to be easy. Marie was a
French Jew and her family lived in Israel, with Benjamin being the
child of a French mother and an Israeli father. At the at of only one
year old, Rose was going to make her very first visit to Israel to
visit her Grandfather, Ronny Ron, this would be the first time Marie
had met her father-in-law. Benjamin and Marie stayed in Israel for for
about three months and at
the end of that time, Marie announced that she had fallen in love with
her father-in-law and would not be returning to France with
Benjamin took Rose with him when he went home but soon learned that
raising her on his own was going to be a problem. Rose would end up in
custody of the Welfare Authorities more than once. While Ronny and
Marie never married, they did have two children together, both
daughters. Marie was considered to be just a housewife and Ronny had
worked as a cab driver and a garbage truck drive, but at some point he
became unemployed. At some point, Marie found out that Benjamin had
been abusing Rose and she had ended up in the hospital so she decided
to get custody of the child.
Ronny and Marie sold the apartment they were living in and used the
money to pay for the cost of fighting for custody of Rose:
"They had a good
feeling that they were moving toward reuniting the family. There was an
that this would be good for everyone and especially of course, for the
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Marie was able to gain custody, but the happy family she had dreamed of
having, was not going to happen. Rose was not able to speak the
languages that she should, so communication was difficult. Due to the
severe abuse and neglect she suffered at the hands of Benjamin, Rose
had behavioral problems and she would bang her head against walls,
making matters worse, she was not potty trained. Ronny and Marie were
strangers to her and through no fault of her own, the couple began to
neglect her because she had the behavioral problems and they were soon
looking for an institution to place her in.
Marie yelled at Ronny telling him that if he did not get Rose out of
the house, she was going to kill herself.
Though it might have been better for Rose to actually go live in an
institution, Ronny and Marie eventually sent her to live with Ronny's
mother, Vivian Yaakov. Vivian was not happy with this arrangement and
she was always after Ronny to find another place for Rose to live, when
he refused their relationship started to change in a bad way. Neighbors
would later say that Vivian took very good care of Rose and they would
often be out walking together in the area:
"I can't remember a
time when the child looked as if something was wrong when she
was always telling me how difficult it was for her to care for the
child and how much
wished they would put her in a nursery school or some other suitable
At one point, according to Vivian's Lawyer Adi Hadar, Vivian made a
demand for Ronny to put Rose in a nursery school as it was required by
law. On May 12, Ronny was so upset about her request that he came to
her home, grabbed Rose and left, that was the last time Vivian
ever saw or heard anything about Rose until after she died.
Three months after Ronny took Rose away, Vivian asked the National
Council For The Child for help in the matter and a letter she wrote
was passed on the the Welfare Service and from there it was faxed to
the Police. Vivian would later say that she didn't go for help sooner
because she didn't know if her son would be angry enough to hurt her:
"She began to
investigate, to ask neighbors, she spoke with Ronny. But she did not
the Police out of fear of Ronny"
Ronny told Police that the child had disappeared and that Vivian was
the one who was responsible for her being missing, investigators were
quick to discount what he said. A Policewoman who searched the home was
shocked to see that Rose didn't have a bed, she had no toys, in fact
Rose had nothing but a shirt and pants.
It came out that on the day he went back and got Rose, Marie was upset
and screaming at him not to bring her home, it was then, Police say,
that these two monsters decided that they were going kill this little
Angel. A large, red suitcase was found and this was to be the way that
they would hide her body, they packed her clothing and belongings up
and it was unknown how, but Rose ended up dead, placed in the suitcase
and put into the Yarkon River.
A police man sits on
the shore after discovering the suitcase containing the remains of Rose.
In court, a video taped reenactment of what Ronny said happened that
day, was played:
"The child saw in the
back seat and I was telling her something while driving. I gave
something to eat and she said "disgusting, disgusting", in French, so I
in French and turned around and smacked her. The radio was on and I
hear her reaction to the blow. Sometimes you hit a child and go on, you
anything happened. I felt something was wrong, she was withdrawn and I
was angry with me. I wanted to cheer her up, I kept on driving and
thought to get
some ice cream. I didn't plan it. I thought she was mentally injured,
When I stopped, I wanted to lift her up, so she'd be happy and she
I opened the door, told her I loved her, hugged her hard. When I picked
her up, she
was limp. What I wouldn't give to keep from hitting my baby. Even if
God forgave me,
I wouldn't forgive myself. I ended my life in a thoughtless second. I
was scared, I was
terrified, I lost my mind, I lifted the child and she was gone"
Three years after her death, Ronny Ron was convicted of murder and
Marie Charlotte Pizem was convicted of inciting him to commit the
murder. A three Judge panel lead by Judge Avrham Tal, decided not to
read a 342 page verdict and instead just delivered the guilty verdicts.
Ronny seemed to have no reaction to the verdict, however, Maria broke
down and was crying so hard, she had to be lead out of the courtroom.
The judge said of her reaction:
"The shock expressed by
the accused, when the investigators told her that Rose was dead,
the manipulative nature and the fact that she didn't hesitate to
present a facade when
suited her purposes, spicing her words with crocodile tears"
The Judges had no trouble in decided that Marie had thought Rose was a
burden and would do whatever she felt was necessary to get her out of
her life and they made it clear that the did not believe anything that
Ronny or Marie had said in their defense:
"In light of the
evidence, I reached a conclusion that though the accused, Ronny, would
accused, Maria, both verbally and physically, more often than they both
confessed to. In
relationship as a whole, and especially when it came to Rose and their
other daughters. It
the accused, Marie, who dominated her will on Ronny"
A letter that Marie had written to Ronny was read in court:
"Roni, I don't know how
to speak about this with you, it's about Rose. It's too
to me, she is killing my happiness. I am not good to her, I don't want
myself bad, the you see me bad, that the babies say I'm bad. I prefer
stop all of this. That she go from my life. I know my words are strong
What do you think about? What we going to do? I don't want that she
our stability, our girls, our family"
The Judges were in agreement that the decision was made to solve the
"The decision reached
was not spontaneous, but rather planned as proven by the taking of
lard suitcase in which Rose's body was found on September 11, 2008 and
as proven by
dumping of her weather alive or dead, into the waters of the Yarkon. It
hasn't been proven
Marie took part in Rose's killing, as an accomplice. However, it had
bee proven that she
Ron to do so, with intention that she die"
Attorney Anna Avidov, with the Prosecutors Office was asking that Ronny
and Marie be sentenced to life since that was what the law required.
Ronny's Lawyer, Gil Friedman said she would fight the verdict in the
supreme court and that though he must pay for he did, he's not a
murderer. Revital Sweid, Marie's lawyer said she had plans to argue for
diminished responsibility saying that Psychiatric evaluations showed
that Marie was not fully responsible for her actions.
On June 13, 2011, Ronny Ron was sentenced to life in prison for
murdering and then disposing of the body of Rose Pizem. Marie was
acquitted of the charges against her. Ronny's lawyer was going to
appeal the sentence in the Supreme Court of Israel.