Agnieszka Kotlarska, Miss
International 1991’ murder
L. has confessed to killing former 1991 Miss Poland and Miss International,
Agnieszka Kotlarska, after stalking her for more than five years.
On Aug. 27, 1996, police allege, he approached Kotlarska as she
was getting into a car with her husband, Jaroslaw Swiatek, and daughter.
Swiatek jumped out of the car, the men began to scuffle, and Jerzy
L. produced a hunting knife from his knapsack. Kotlarska jumped
out of the car when she saw Jerzy L. stab her husband's leg. Jerzy
L. has confessed that he then stabbed her four times in the chest.
Kotlarska died in the hospital.
After the stabbing, police officers found Jerzy L. in his home.
He immediately confessed to killing Kotlarska, saying he was mad
with jealousy that the girl of his dreams had married someone else
and had "ruined his life." He also told police he always
carried the hunting knife and never intended to use it to commit
a crime. He faces a sentence ranging from eight years in prison
to the death penalty.
Jerzy L. first saw Kotlarska in 1990, when she was modelling. He
tried to get a date with her, but she refused. Jerzy L. was persistent:
He got her address and phone number and continued pursuing her.
she won the Miss Poland title in 1991 and married, Kotlarska left
for the United States and a career as a fashion model. She modelled
for designers including Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein under the
name "Aga." Her photographs appeared in Vogue, Cosmopolitan
After three years in the United States, Kotlarska returned to Poland
with her husband and daughter to live in a single-family house in
the Wroclaw district of Maslice. She began appearing in television
commercials, and had two film roles pending. Jerzy L. learned Kotlarska's
new address and phone number after see her husband's name in one
of many press interviews. Allegedly, he started calling again, asking
in vain for a meeting, and prowled around her house, hoping to catch
a glimpse of her.
Jerzy L. is 36 and a graduate of the Wroclaw University of Technology.
He works as a computer programmer in a bank. He lives with his parents;
his mother says that he was only interested in jogging and computers.
Two months ago, Kotlarska barely escaped death by deciding at the
last minute not to fly on TWA Flight 800, which crashed with no
survivors off Long Island, New York. Kotlarska's photographer was
among the victims. Curiosity the same flight was going to be taken
by International Mexican Model, Elsa Benitez and judge of Miss Universe
2004, Elsa felt a premonition and someone inside her tells don’t
take that flight, she left crying in Airport with any reason apparently,
few hours later she would be aware on news about the tragic accident.
Mexican model Elsa Benitez, who decided at last minute not take
the same flight who would take Agnieszka Kotlarska and cover of
"Time" Magazine about the accident
is the third Polish beauty queen to die in tragic circumstances.
In 1957, just after the finals of the Miss Polonia contest, the
first runner-up, Krystyna Zyla, fell out of a window at Warsaw's
In 1994, Magdalena Jaworska, 1984's Miss Polonia,
was electrocuted in her own apartment, after dropping a hairdryer
into the water while bathing.
Collaboration of Lestat (Mexico)
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