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Accused Face-Biting Murderer Told Officials He Ate Something Bad: ‘Humans’

Austin Harrouff, a 19-year-old Florida State University student, is accused of killing a married couple in Florida.
Photo courtesy Martin County Sheriff’s Office Austin Harrouff, a 19-year-old Florida State University student, is accused of killing a married couple in Florida.

“Help me," he said, "I ate something bad"

A Florida man accused of murdering two people told officials he had eaten “humans” after chewing the face of one of his victims.

Austin Harrouff, 19, was charged this month with two counts of second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and burglary of a dwelling, after being found in August biting a victim’s face. He is accused of stabbing to death that victim, John Stevens III, 59, and his wife, Michelle Mishcon, 53, the Palm Beach Post reports. He was taken to a medical center and according to Martin County court documents, he spit out a piece of flesh and said, “Help me, I ate something bad.” When a sergeant asked what he had eaten, he responded, “Humans.”

Officers speculated that drugs may have played a role in the attacks, and staffers at the medical center say he ingested chemicals that may have been in the garage where the murders occurred.

[Palm Beach Post]

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