Kohala News — Howard Philip Zimmerman Charged With Several Felonies For Susan Brockert’s Resort Murder

Howard Philip Zimmerman is charged with several felonies for the murder of Susan Brockert

(Media release) — Big Island police have charged a Bellevue, Washington, man with murder and other offenses in connection with a fatal domestic disturbance at a resort on the Kohala Coast late Monday, May 23.

At 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section charged Howard Philip Zimmerman—also known as Philip Howard Zimmerman—with second-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree criminal property damage.

His bail was set at $320,000.

He remains in custody at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance on Thursday, May 26.

The victim, 44-year-old Susan Brockert of Bellevue, Washington, was pronounced dead at North Hawai’i Community Hospital at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday, May 24. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Zimmerman and Brockert were registered at the resort together.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

6 replies
  1. Tiffany Edwards Hunt
    Tiffany Edwards Hunt says:

    Editorial comment, I realize, but don’t you think it is interesting the difference in the looks of these men that have been charged this week? Check out Zimmerman’s shot compared to the mug shots of these alleged Puna robbers.

  2. Jerry Carr
    Jerry Carr says:

    Yeah, I noticed it, too, Tiff. There’s a disturbed and disturbing look in the accused murderer Zimmerman’s eyes. I’ve seen it before when I was a Social Worker in a correctional facility many years ago.

  3. John
    John says:

    Rhetorical question his attorney won’t ask the jury: “Is this the face of a murderer?”

  4. Ken
    Ken says:

    I believe – editorial comment here as well – but I would expect the underlying common thread here will be crystal meth or ice.

    I have been on the mainland for the last 5 months cleaning up the mess a friend and co-worker of 30 years has created – because he became addicted to ice. His face – looks the same.

    I won’t go into the now discovered 1million plus of embezzlement and still growing.

    Again – the same look – 100%

    On the bright side – I will be back on Island tomorrow afternoon!

  5. Jerry Carr
    Jerry Carr says:

    Tiff, you had to be there to believe it all. I could write a book. I was not long out of grad school and had to toughen up fast!

    Back on topic, quite a few people get “that look” without ever having been tweakers, Ken. I will easily concede, however, that the advent of meth has added to the pre-existing inventory of such. In the criminal justice realm, people are always turning up who don’t fit any of the neat categories of the DSM-IV psychiatric diagnosis codes. The catch-all terms “sociopath” and “psychopath” get used a lot, but don’t even come close to the reality of some individuals.

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