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The detectives were alerted to a brutal murder at a family home in Törökszentmiklós 42 years ago

A horrific murder investigation was initiated 42 years ago at a family house in Törökszentmiklós where the body of a hard-of-hearing elderly woman was discovered.
The victim, identified as 72-year-old Mazug Anna, was tripped, strangled, tied at the wrists, and left lifeless with a scarf wrapped around her neck and mouth. According to reports, the skillful investigative team quickly established the identity of the perpetrator on the day of the murder.

The gruesome scene was uncovered on the afternoon of January 16, 1981, when the victim’s sister arrived at the residence at 54 Somogyi Béla Street to find the gates and doors oddly open a red flag considering the victim was known for always keeping them locked. The Hungarian Police's account, published on March 14, 1981, revealed the chilling image of Mazug lying motionless, partially undressed, with her mouth bound by a scarf.

The sister urgently sought help from the neighbors, who swiftly rode to the City Police Headquarters to report the incident. Major Ferenc Fejszés, head of the criminal department, was conducting a briefing at the time but immediately rushed to the crime scene, where he identified additional unsettling details.

Upon examining the body, he noted that not only the victim's mouth but also her neck was tied with the scarf, and her wrists were bound behind her back with a strong twine.

A rapid notification was made to the Szolnok County Police Headquarters' Criminal Investigation Department about the homicide. An assessment team and a mobile action brigade quickly mobilized from Szolnok to follow investigative leads. The victim's neighbor, who fetched water from Mazug's well, indicated having conversed with her the previous day, confirming she was alive then.

It also became apparent that the murderer entered through the pantry’s broken window.

Turning the body over, investigators discovered the knot of the scarf at the back of the neck, and a coroner confirmed that the victim had been manually strangled within the 24 hours preceding the examination. Major Pál Tóth, head of the forensic technical division, diligently searched for forensic evidence, such as fingerprints, which were successfully retrieved from a light bulb hanging from the kitchen ceiling.

The path of the assailant was reconstructed from the broken pantry window leading to the room where the victim was found. Aware that the noise from breaking in could only have been overlooked had the victim been hard of hearing, detectives deduced a familiar connection between Mazug and her assailant.

A robbery was evident as the house had been ransacked. Fortunately, authorities didn’t have to search long for a suspect. Given that G. Ferenc, a 16-year-old previously implicated in theft incidents, was seen cycling near the scene on the day of the murder, he became a prime suspect. Further suspicion arose as a friend of his lived directly opposite the victim.

By January 19, a pivotal tip from a Tisza Shoe Factory worker, who observed a man wearing a cap and a three-quarter-length coat in the victim's room, led investigators directly to the teenager in question. The suspect, a Grade 7 student at the age of 15, was apprehended from his school.

Despite initially providing a regular alibi related to his school schedule, the boy later admitted to visiting Mazug on the day of the murder but concocted a story about encountering a masked man fleeing from the scene. Investigators dismissed the tale, aligning with the true sequence of events reflected in the crime scene evidence. The juvenile ultimately confessed, revealing the violent attack transpired as he scuffled with the victim, culminating in her tragic demise. His fingerprints on the light bulb corroborated his presence, and his acknowledgment of the murder exposed his prior criminal activity beyond mere thefts.

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