It was less than a week before an arrest was made for the murder of Susan Rothschild. The killer confessed after prolonged questioning. He had been recognized by several Japanese girls who identified him as the man in a uniform who had chased them earlier in the day. He was a military man, a Master Sargeant and Chief Ward Master at the Army Hospital at Camp Zama. He was a married man with two adopted Japanese daughters. His name was Maurice L. Schick, he was 29 years old and from Cannonsburg, Pa. He lived with his wife and adopted daughters in the same neighborhood as Susan Rothschild.
My parents always had the latest newspaper delivered to our home. When the news broke about Maurice Schick I looked at his photograph in the newspaper. I was shocked when I recognized the killer. He was the man with whom I'd locked eyes at the school check up. I was deeply affected and for years thought the killer had come to my neighborhood in search of me. I finally realized it was just a random killing. As Maurice Schick was quoted in his confession: he had a sudden "uncontrollable urge to kill" and Susan became his victim "just because she was there".
Maurice Schick would be convicted of murder in March, 1954. He was given the death sentence, but his sentence was later commuted by President Eisenhower to life imprisonment without parole.