Two Murder Charges Dropped Against Paul Rungeon August 25, 2011 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
DuPage County prosecutors have dropped charges against Paul Runge for the murders of sisters Amela and Dzeneta Pasanbegovic.
Runge received the death penalty for the rape and murder of a Chicago woman and her 10-year-old daughter. The death sentence was commuted to life in prison when Illinois abolished the death penalty.
State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said:
Even if we were to proceed to trial and Mr. Runge was found guilty of the murders … since the death penalty is no longer an option in Illinois, he would not receive any additional punishment.
The sisters were refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Runge confessed to luring them to his home under the pretense of his needing maid services. Once there, he raped and murdered the two women.
He dismembered their bodies, and placed the pieces in trash bins throughout the area. They were never found.
Prosecutors discussed the dropping of the case with the victims’ parents. Reportedly, their father Mensur Pasanbegovic understand the decision, but remains bitter about the case.
As prosecutors in Cook County dropped charges in three other cases, this ends legal action against Runge.