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Schizophrenic Sex Offender Slays Anna Svidersky, Vancouver Teen

By Steve Huff

April 24, 2006


Vancouver, WA (Crime Library)

"This is too much"

Anna Svidersky was nearing the end of her shift at the McDonald's on N.E. Andresen in Vancouver, Washington (WA) on Thursday, April 20, 2006. The beautiful Russian-American teen was working in the dining area, cleaning tables. In less than a week, Anna Svidersky would turn 18, and in less than two months she would graduate from Fort Vancouver High School.

Anna Svidersky
Anna Svidersky

That night a man named David Barton Sullivan, a 28-year-old twice-convicted sex offender and diagnosed schizophrenic, left his Vancouver home carrying a 6-inch kitchen knife. He would tell police later, simply, that his intention was to "hurt a female."

Sullivan succeeded, and the friends and family of Anna Svidersky were left to mourn, and ask why.

David Barton Sullivan
David Barton Sullivan

Speaking to KGW-TV out of Portland, Oregon (OR), Svidersky's co-worker Michael Block related what he witnessed shortly after 8 that Thursday night, "She didn't see him coming," Block said. "She kinda screamed and jumped out of her seat. I was still shocked. I didn't believe I'd actually seen that."

Block took off after David Barton Sullivan, dialing 911 on his cell phone as he followed the attacker out of the restaurant.

Sullivan was captured quickly. He'd tried to ditch the knife he used to attack Svidersky, but he was still covered with her blood. The knife was found shortly after his arrest.

Vancouverauthorities apparently knew two things right away — Sullivan chose his victim at random, and he did not appear to be faking his mental illness. In a statement released on Friday, April 21st, Sullivan was reported to have said, "I should have stayed home with my stuffed animals instead of doing what I did. This is all evil stuff that I've done. This is too much."

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