According to police and media, a lady named Julia Birch was accused this week of the murder of her 92-year-old Maryland housemate, who was a longstanding family friend and an award-winning sculptor.
According to the Montgomery County Police Department, Julia Birch allegedly admitted to killing Nancy Anne Frankel at their shared home in Kensington twice on Wednesday.
Julia Birch is 26 years old and her roommate Nancy Anne Frankel was 92 years old.
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Officers discovered Frankel’s body inside the house at 8:20 a.m. after Birch called 911 to report his death, according to police. Police did not say how Frankel died, but she was allegedly suffocated, according to criminal documents obtained by The Washington Post.
A well known artist was murdered inside her Kensington home Wednesday. Police say her 26 year old tenant, Julia Birch, admitted to killing her. Neighbors say Nancy Frankel taught art to students in a studio at her home. The motive is unclear. pic.twitter.com/j4ncs9rCx9
Birch moved in with Frankel a few months earlier in an arrangement that the victim’s family saw as mutually beneficial. Frankel’s 66-year-old son-in-law, Bill Streit, told the newspaper, “Even in our wildest imagination, no one would have ever ever ever thought this could possibly happen,”
Birch has known their family since she was a child, according to Streit. He added, “We watched her grow up,”
Julia Yost, one of Frankel’s neighbors, told The Daily Beast that the elderly woman “was a great person” who displayed her artwork in the yard on a regular basis.
According to her website, Studio Gallery in Washington, DC represented Frankel. Kelly Bresnowitz, the director, told The Daily Beast, “She was a great contributor to our artistic community here at the Studio Gallery, and she’ll be missed greatly,”
“Our last show with her was this past January, and having her work here was amazing.”
Birch is being jailed without bond after being charged with first-degree murder.
Birch was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder in the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit. She is being held incommunicado.
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