Essex Man Arrested in Girlfriend's Stabbing Death

Baltimore County police allege that John Falkenstein stabbed his girlfriend several times on Monday.

An Essex man has been arrested in the Monday stabbing death of his girlfriend, Baltimore County police said Monday.

Police responded to a house in the 700 block of Myrth Avenue at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. A woman had called 911 and requested that officers check on her mother, who was visiting her boyfriend at that address, according to a statement from police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter.

After arriving and speaking with a man at the home, officers found a woman's body covered with a blanket in the kitchen, according to the statement. 

The victim was identified as Janet Palasik, 48, of the 1100 block of Maple Road in Essex.

The police investigation showed that Palasik had gone to the Myrth Avenue home at about 7 p.m Nov. 4 to visit John Falkenstein, her boyfriend.

According to the statement, Palasik and Falkenstein got into an argument, and Falkenstein allegedly stabbed her several times. Falkenstein, 56, of the 700 block of Myrth Avenue in Essex, was charged with first-degree murder in Palasik's death.

He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Mary November 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I hope someone in jail kills him! I would want him to feel the pain that Janet was feeling while he was stubbing her to her last breath!!! YPOS!!!!!!!!
Lisa F November 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Heaven has a new Angel. I will miss you sooo much. I hope that POS will rot in jail. My Prayers go out to her daughters and the rest of the family. Love You Ms Jan till we meet again.
Lisa F November 07, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Heather November 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
This is just so unbelievable...I live in the same neighborhood as Janet and I'd never expect anything like this to happen to anyone, especially someone I knew.
Leroy J. Bright November 07, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Give him the Death Penalty!
Mary November 07, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I want to fix my typo that should had said stabbing!!!!!!
denise November 07, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Janet always had a way of making people smile. She loved her babies.... I dont even know if making him feel the pain is enough for him ... What a pathetic excuse for a human being . No reason is good enough. I wish all the best for her beautiful girls .
Fran Palasik November 07, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I agree someone should stab him to death in jail and let him feel what she must have felt. The death penalty is too good for this POS, lethal injection is a painless death. Janet did not have a painless death and neither should he!!!! Rest in Peace Janet.
Mark Maybury November 07, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I take comfort in knowing that huge smile of hers is smiling bright in heaven. Janet was more then a day care provider.We were just talking the other day. She was a friend and family. She was always there if you wanted to talk, we laughed, and sometimes we cried but at the end of the day she was there with a hug. Janet you will always be missed but we know you are in a better place. Janet could always see the good in people, I guess thats why she was still with him R.I.P. Janet you were truly a one of a kind. John I hope you get raped everyday for the rest of your life. The death penalty is too good and easy for you. Love always Mark, Lacie, & Abby
Sam Battle November 08, 2012 at 01:01 AM
If I read the article correct ? It stated her "BOYFRIEND" killed her ? I had thought she was married ? So was it her boyfriend or her on the side boyfriend who killed her in what may have been a three way gone bad ? No matter what it does not give nobody the right to kill another person so rot in hell buddy ?
Sam Battle November 08, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I meant "HUSBAND" or on the side "BOYFRIEND"
Mark Maybury November 08, 2012 at 01:17 AM
No Sam. She was divorced and dating John.
Michael November 08, 2012 at 05:22 PM
This was a ruthless crime from a already convicted felon and nut case that was still on parole and spent i believe 16 or 18 years in prison a big peace of shit. Well he will live the rest of his unless life in prison while the tax payers feed his wothless pieace of shit and. I hope the boys in the big house abuse him so bad he kills his self. Janet never deserved her life to end this way a beautiful person inside and out. John you will get what you deserve when your burning in hell
Sam Battle November 08, 2012 at 10:09 PM
What I can't seem to understand in this state is WHY do we not have a SPOUSAL ABUSE REGISTRY as we do for sex offenders ?? Many single women I know when they meet guys for the first time feel once they check the sex offenders list they are safe and when on fact some have charges for spousal abuse and at some point in the relationship gets abused by these types and checking the md crime record on-line system is useless as many people have the same name and there are no pictures. So maybe next year we should all contact annapolis and get a "SPOUSAL ABUSE REGISTRY " going to save our women from abuse.
Steve November 08, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Never going to happen. The Republicans would block it since about half of their candidates and their aides would be listed on it. Have you ever looked up their "Shall Not Abuse" records??
Jack Dozier November 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Having known this punk and his family for over forty years, this is no surprise. The parents must so proud of this "thing" they loosed on this defenseless woman. Not his first crime. He served something like ten years of longer sentence, than was released early? His family and grandparents helped him several times after he was charged with armed robbery. If they help him out of this, there's no justice in Maryland.
Buzzy Amos November 10, 2012 at 09:52 AM
I knew this punk too since about junior high school. Always a coward. I know a guy that was smaller than him and just slapped him in the face and he took off running. What a piece of shit for doing this. He will get his in prison. But in there he will act like a little coward bitch. I just hope he says something to the wrong (right) guy and he puts about 12 inches of penitentiary steel through his ass.
Chica726 November 12, 2012 at 03:21 PM
His family does not condone his actions and to suggest otherwise is asinine.
Krystal November 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I've known his family for a long time. Please do not judge his family for his wrong doing. His family should not be portrayed as ignorant people because he is a monster. I know they do not want this. He may be a a POS but they are not. The parents are the ones who stabbed her...he did. Stop trying to place the blame on the family.
Krystal November 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
*are not the ones*
Chica726 November 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Thank you Krystal!
Theresa Palm November 13, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Rest in peace sweet Janet. Im so grateful for the times we spent together in the 4th of July celebrations & so grateful that my sister introduced our families. The world is a better place because you were here. My heartfelt condolences go out to your family during this difficult time. This man will stand before his Maker someday, be judged & pay for this dearly....may he rot in hell.
Shelly November 16, 2012 at 03:20 AM
As I feel really sorry and bad for her family and friends, there are 2 families really hurting over this happening. I just really wish people would stop posting comments all together and let everyone try to heal as much as they possibly can. To everyone posting bad comments about his family, they have nothing to do with this, its not their fault what he did, and they certainly don't agree with what he did. I have known his parent's and family for a very long time. His parents are two of the nicest and greatest people I have ever met, so please stop bad mouthing them.
jim November 22, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Janet, you are missed. God bless.
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Stephanie pole January 03, 2013 at 07:25 AM
This woman's aunt is my fiances grandmother. I have heard a lot of great things about her and her family. I really hope that man gets everything he deserves.
Barbie Doll January 14, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Maybe his parents didn't kill her, but they never showed her or her family any respect. Throughout the entire week the ordeal was going on they kept their business at the end or her road opened, didn't ask if they could help in any way with the funeral expenses and kept the trash talk going in their bar. His mother even talked badly about her to her daughter. This is just not a good gene pool.


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