Man Decapitates Himself After Argument With Ex-Wife


cop carWhen police in Yorktown, Virginia responded to a domestic dispute call at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, they witnessed something they'd never seen before during the course of their careers. A man decapitated himself in front of them.

The man, who's remained unidentified by police save for the fact that he was 46 years old and from Chicago, was arguing with his ex-wife over access to his two children. He had relocated to Yorktown in order to spend more time with them, but apparently his ex wasn't cooperating.

When police got to the scene, they noticed a white Ford Explorer nearby with a trailer -- which was on fire -- attached to the back. And then it happened.

The man had taken a long cable -- the kind used to "hoist an automobile engine" -- and tied one end around a tree, and the other around his neck. When the cops asked him to exit the vehicle, he accelerated the car, and boom, beheaded himself.

To say that the manner in which this man chose to take his life is ... unsettling is the understatement of the century. Decapitation? Man. By no means am I trying to be glib here, but such a technique is so, well, old school. Medieval, actually. Not to mention a terribly gory, unbelievably traumatizing thing for his kids to have to learn about.

And something's not adding up here. I don't understand why a man would up and move his entire life so he could spend more time with his children, just to off himself. Details about the couple's relationship and their argument remain a mystery, so I can only assume that his ex-wife was being uncooperative (and he was mentally unstable). But still, he had to have known that there were many steps -- court, legal action -- before this. Clearly, this man loved his kids if he were in such a rage to see them. It's a shame that he felt this was the only way out.

I guess the only thing we can hope for now is that his children don't have to hear about how he died for a long, long time. Because that will be awful.

What do you think of this?


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Maybe he felt like he had lost his kids forever and didnt want to live anymore. Or maybe he was freaken nuts and his wife knew this and wanted to keep the kids safe.


dirti... dirtiekittie

how unbelievably awful. i hope the children are ok and were not around or too small to understand. it's unfortunate to lose a parent, and this is just so... i just don't have words. unbelievable.

dirti... dirtiekittie

*or ARE too small to understand... sorry 'bout that.

Melis... Melissa042807

Whatever the circumstances, this is still terribly sad and disturbing. His children will have to carry this for the rest of their lives.

Lilbi... Lilbits_Mama

My heart goes out to his children

hutch... hutchfam2007

He probably did it to try to make his ex wife feel guilty for not allowing him to see his children and figured he has already lost his children, he has nothing else to lose. If he is able to fly off the handle and accomplish something like that so distirbing... who knows what else he could have done. Better that he beheaded himself rather than the father that beheaded his little son...

nonmember avatar blh

Maybe his ex wouldn't let him see the kids because he was ya know...insane??

Eileen Magee Apple

I wonder what kind of relationship he had with his ex.  If it was not physical abuse or another type of abuse I think she is a complete and total bitch.

A parent deserves to see their child unless there is some kind of "proved" abuse. If abuse is proved then that changes everything.

Too many mothers accuse fathers of abuse and get full custody of their children just to have it unfounded and by then it will cost the father so much in court costs he may not be able to see his children because he cant afford court costs.

BTW I am a female and I have seen this way too many times. I also have no custody issues and never did with either myself or my child.

If this is not the case I feel very sorry for her and the children.

If this is the case she should be held liable for mental anguish and have her children taken away. Also, if like a lot of women if she gave false information about abuse which became unfounded she should also be charged with that. The courts need to wake up and think about the rights of each parent and the fact that both parents are important in a childs like not just the mother.

nonmember avatar Foxcrawl

What he did was completely stupid. He did not solve anything with that, but the minds are so different...

Monta... Montanamom1981

How do you even come up with something like that?  "Ok, if I just wrap this cord around my head and that tree....."

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