Agnieszka Kotlarska, Miss International 1991’ murder
Jerzy 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.
After 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 and Playboy.
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.
Kotlarska 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 Grand Hotel.
In 1994, Magdalena Jaworska, 1984's Miss Polonia, was electrocuted in her
own apartment, after dropping a hairdryer into the water while bathing.
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Miss Poland 1991
MISS INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY 1991:
Agnieszka, Czechoslovakia (2nd RU) & Dominican Republic (Miss Photogenic)
Funeral of Agnieszka
From left Grandmother of Agnieszka, father, mother, husband and brother