Connecticut man charged with beheading his landlord with a samurai sword over a rent dispute.
What We Know:
- Jerry David Thompson, 42, has been charged on Monday as a consequence of using a samurai sword to decapitate his landlord at his home at Asylum Avenue in Connecticut.
- Victor King, 64, had rented a room to Thompson when they had a dispute over unsettled rent. According to Hartford Courant, police report states that Thompson moved into a vacant room in King’s home in the past year.
- During the weekend, apparently, Thompson had terrorized King with a samurai sword. Feeling threatened King reported the incident to Hartford Police.
- King’s friend called the police when he could not locate King on Sunday morning. That afternoon at around 3:40 p.m., firefighters and police made their way into King’s home and made the grizzly discovery of King’s body slashed and covered in blood. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
- Thompson was found by police six hours later in Keney Park, roughly six minutes away from the scene. When arrested and questioned at the precinct, he simply wrote on a small piece of paper, “paper in glove compart in Jeep is all you need”.
- Thompson refused to speak to the officers and considers himself to be a “sovereign citizen,” people who do not see themselves as subjects to law.
- King retired from the Traveler’s Insurance company in 2018. He was deemed as a Grand Life Master in Bridge, the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), had stated. According to the ACBL, to become a Grand Life Master in such a game, the player must obtain at least 10,000 masterpoints collected at every game. King had accumulated 15,298.55 masterpoints.
At a citation held on Tuesday, Thompson is being held with a $2 million bail. He is set to go back to court on August 18, 2020.