Man offers plea in stalking of dead d...

Man offers plea in stalking of dead daughter's ex-fiance

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 12, 2008, titled Man offers plea in stalking of dead daughter's ex-fiance. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A Texas scientist whose daughter killed herself after her engagement broke off made repeated threatening phone calls to her ex-fiance's Michigan parents has pleaded no contest to stalking charges.

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Really pathetic

Easthampton, MA

#1 Jun 16, 2008
I can only imagine how Olga Nizin felt, having her wedding dreams ripped away from her while on vacation with Mark Leuchter at his parents' summerhome outside Miami. Did she call them after taking the Tylenol? Did the Leuchters respond to calls from the hospital or Pavel Nizin once her body was discovered at the hotel? When did the Leuchters leave Florida...while Olga Nizin was dying in the hospital? Maybe Pavel Nizin had questions for the Leuchters and they never bothered to answer them, hence his anger. After reading this article, I know I have questions that hopefully will get answered in a follow-up article. Something tells me the Leuchters aren't totally innocent in this suicide case. If they knew Olga Nizin was threatening to kill herself and then did nothing to stop it, aren't they legally responsible? Lots of questions here.
belle

AOL

#2 Jun 30, 2008
This woman had major problems
before her fiance ever came around. Normal people do not respond to a broken engagement by killing themselves. If a person thinks that they have no life if a man doesn't marry them, then they have real problems. Don't blame the future in-laws blame the father who had a long time to
make this poor girl into whom she was.
Leucthers are not normal

Worcester, MA

#3 Jul 21, 2008
Belle, yes, Olga Nizin committed suicide. That's her fault. But you have to wonder about the role Mark Leuchter and his parents played in her death. What exactly did they say to her that night? What drove her out of their Florida home at night? Normal people don't dump on houseguests and drive them away in the middle of the night, when they're thousands of miles away from home. How "normal" is Mark Leuchter? Do normal people leave someone dying in a hospital and blow off calls from her father? No, abnormally heartless people do that. Mark Leuchter was engaged to this woman. He should have treated her better in the end.
As for Olga Nizin's father, until you've experienced the bone-crushing loss of your only child, don't judge him. You have no idea of how you'd react to that situation.
Terrible

Auburn Hills, MI

#4 Jul 23, 2008
Depression is an awful, awful feeling. Unfortunate that she couldn't reach out to someone. Ending the relationship while she was away from those that really cared about her likely contributed greatly to this.

On a side note, it's pretty strange that Olga's resume is posted all over the web still over a year after her suicide (do a search). Olga appears to have been an attractive and intelligent woman.
Awful

Worcester, MA

#5 Jul 25, 2008
I agree that it's awful the "dumping" take place thousands of miles away from Olga Nizin's home/support system. Mark Leuchter made that terrible, insensitive decision.(She did not dump him, according to initial articles.) According to the Detroit News (see link below), Mark Leuchter and his family also chose not to speak with Olga Nizin's father while she was dying or after her death. They never offered condolescences or attended her memorial service. Nice people. Makes you wonder if they're hiding something. They're acting guilty. Here's the link to the article: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...
Shocking News

Somersworth, NH

#6 Aug 3, 2008
I just learned of this whole situation today when I spoke with an old classmate of mine. I am absolutely floored... I knew Olga's family very well and they were wonderful people. My heart goes out to them. What an awful turn of events that has happened to a very beautiful and intelligent woman. Wow...
Still Haunted

Worcester, MA

#7 Nov 20, 2009
This story continues to bother me on a very deep level. I heard that Mark Leuchter never attended Olga Nizin's Memorial Service or called her parents after her death. That's an incredibly heartless thing to do to a family that has lost their only child. I can understand why Pavel Nizin started calling them. It's sad that his behavior morphed into "stalking," but I can see where Mark Leuchter's silence and attitude would send any grieving parent over the edge. I hope Olga Nizin's death haunts Mark Leuchter for the rest of his life. But something tells me he won't. Check out this guy's Facebook page. All he does is post shirtless photos of himself. Women, beware. Mark Leuchter is a self-centered loser.
Shocked

Homosassa, FL

#8 Nov 24, 2009
I believe that this the same Olga Nizin who attended middle school in Framingham, MA in the mid 80's. She was a very good friend of mine when we were young. I recently googled her to reconnect and was directed to this page. I am saddened to hear the news. I remember Olga as being beautiful and kind, and I can't imagine what she must have been going through in her life to take such drastic measures. I hope that her parents have been able to get the answers that they were looking for, and that they have somehow found peace.
Saddened too

West Warren, MA

#9 Nov 28, 2009
Yes, this is the same Olga Nizin. She was a lovely woman, and her parents are lovely. The Leuchters must be real pieces of work to send Olga's father over the edge while looking for answers about her death. I can't prove it, but I have always felt that there is more to this story, i.e. that the Leuchters knew Olga was suicidal in Florida and did nothing to stop it. "Depraved indifference" is against the law. I wish someone in law enforcement would look into the phone records, etc., and see how much the Leuchters knew at the time of Olga's death. Did she call them? Threaten to hurt herself? I would bet MONEY that she did, and the self-centered Leuchters blew her off.
Kris

Holden, MA

#10 Apr 17, 2010
Is this the same Olga Nizin who graduated from Georgetown?
Still sad

West Warren, MA

#11 May 22, 2010
Kris wrote:
Is this the same Olga Nizin who graduated from Georgetown?
Yes, it is. She attended Worcester Academy, then transferred to Tabor Academy and graduated from there. She graduated from Georgetown undergrad, then got her MBA from Rice University.

She was far from a "dumb" girl. Anyone who knew her knows this. The Leuchters must be REAL pieces of work. I will always wonder what really happened in Florida.
Kris

Worcester, MA

#12 May 29, 2010
Still sad wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, it is. She attended Worcester Academy, then transferred to Tabor Academy and graduated from there. She graduated from Georgetown undergrad, then got her MBA from Rice University.
She was far from a "dumb" girl. Anyone who knew her knows this. The Leuchters must be REAL pieces of work. I will always wonder what really happened in Florida.
Thank you for confirming this for me. I was very good friends with Olga during a semester in Seville, Spain and then visited with her in DC when we got back. She was an incredible person, I am very saddened by this loss. I didn't know she went to Worcester Academy. I live outside of Worcester.
Vijay Gupta

Mumbai, India

#13 Jun 26, 2010
I was her TA at Georgetown University. Never met someone with so innocent a heart.
gtown friend t

Malden, MA

#14 Sep 3, 2011
I am so sad to hear about Olga. We were very good friends at Georgetown and both coincidentally lived Massachusetts before college. I am watching a movie that reminded me of her, so I Googled her name and found this. Indeed, Olga was a very dear person and with an absolutely kind and innocent heart. I hope that her parents are able to find peace, and that she, herself, has as well.
Not surprising

Miami, FL

#15 Dec 10, 2012
Someone told me he also dumped his first wife when she was away from her support system.
James H

UK

#16 Sep 16, 2013
I just moved house and found a box of old photos, which included some pics of Olga in Moscow on a press trip in the late 1990s. Finding the pictures motivated me to search for her online as I wanted to email her some copies - so I am very upset to find out that this has happened. I am a London-based journalist and Olga, when she was a PR Exec at Ketchum in Washington, helped to organize it. She was a delightful, hard-working and interesting person. I would like to send copies of the pics to her father, Pavel, if anyone can let me know what his email address is.
will not rest

Haverhill, MA

#17 Feb 3, 2014
What goes around comes around. This Mark person will be haunted till the end of days for his part in this. The family he comes from call themselves Jews, I say they are swine, impostors with no morals ethics or intestinal fortitude. No descent god fearing jew would cast a troubled soul to the wind. If her pain was so great as to take her life they would have to have been living under a rock not to notice. Not only are they guilty but they will be judged by both man and god and harshly.

Yes I knew Olga well, she was not the typical girl next door but she was kind, respectful and loving. Not to mention smart but even the smartest people choose the wrong mate. This Mark guy is a real charmer, not sure he could have any more pictures of himself on his facebook flexing his feeble arms and his tiny mind. A Narcissist to the fullest, just read some of the posts.
Idea

Worcester, MA

#20 Aug 12, 2014
James H wrote:
I would like to send copies of the pics to her father, Pavel, if anyone can let me know what his email address is.
Perhaps you should send the photos to the alumni office of Rice University. They may be able to track down her parents.
tori

Brooklyn, NY

#21 May 10, 2016
it's too bad that people like mark leuchter get to move on with their lives this man should be in prison
Agree

Worcester, MA

#23 Jan 15, 2017
tori wrote:
it's too bad that people like mark leuchter get to move on with their lives this man should be in prison
Mark Leuchter trolled the Internet for his latest wife. http://reshetramah.org/marriages/schwartz-leu...

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