To be clear, Elaine Zene filed for divorce in 2004, although it wasn’t finalized, and petitioned twice for emergency orders of protection. The couple were in the middle of getting divorced again, and were due in court three days after he allegedly killed her.
Her daughter, Michelle Caruso, said that Elaine Zene had moved out of the house she shared with Raymond Zene in April and was living in Woodridge.
Eran Smith, a licensed clinical professional counselor with a private practice in Joliet, said the end result, while sad, is not surprising when you hear the backstory from Caruso.
“One of the important things for people to understand is that it rarely starts out of the blue with a punch in the face,” Smith said. “There is a very gradual and careful laying of the groundwork by the abuser.”