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Sylvia and Edward Zakrzewski

Real Name: Edward Jon Zakrzewski
Aliases: "Zak"
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: June 13, 1994


Details: Edward "Zak" Zakrzewski was a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife Sylvia met in 1982, while he was stationed in South Korea. The couple had two children: seven-year-old Edward Jr and five-year-old Anne. In 1992, he was transferred to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. In April of 1994, the couple bought their first house on Shrewsbury Street in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. However, within a few months, Sylvia asked for a divorce.
On June 13, 1994, Zakrzewski failed to report for duty. Later that day, the bodies of Sylvia and their children were found in the house. All three had been stabbed and slashed to death. A neighbor told authorities that Zakrzewski had twice said that he would rather kill his family than go through a divorce. Authorities also discovered that he had purchased a machete on the day of the murders. Zakrzewski has been charged with their murders; he remains at large.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 14, 1994 episode. It appeared as a part of a fugitive hotline, along with Alan Verl Sneed and Nasario Palacios.
Results: Captured. Shortly after the murders, Zakrzewski fled to Molokai Island, Hawaii. A minister and his family allowed Zakrzewski to stay with them in return for performing maintenance work. At the time, they did not know that he was a fugitive. When his segment aired on Unsolved Mysteries, the minister noted that Zakrzewski looked like the picture shown on the broadcast. The next day, he turned himself in to police.
Zakrzewski was returned to Florida to face murder charges. Before his trial, he confessed and pleaded guilty to the murders. He is currently on death row.