Man charged in murder of MPS teacher

CREATED Jul 7, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County District Attorney has charged a man from Milwaukee with the murder of an MPS teacher.

Benedict Savage, 37, faces a charge of first degree intentional homicide in the daylight stabbing death of Rebecca Manzke.

He also faces a sentence of up to life in prison if he is convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness said that Savage and Manzke got into an argument at the door of Manske's apartment on the 7300 block of West Burdick Avenue on June 29th.

The witness then saw Savage go back to his car, go into Manzke's house, then heard a scream from Manzke, and saw Savage return into the car and leave.

He went into Manzke's home, saw Manzke stabbed and called police.

The complaint says that a nine-inch hunting knife was found with blood on it.

Less than an hour later, police then found Savage waist-deep in water near the Summerfest grounds.

According to the complaint, Savage admitted to stabbing his girlfriend, saying "I just want to die."

After he was arrested, Savage reportedly admitted to police that he wanted to hurt Manzke because she had decided to stop their relationship.

The complaint states he told police about going into her apartment that day, pushed her onto a sofa and stabbed her in the heart because, "she had broken his heart."