Man Arrested in Boxing Day Murder of His Mother That is Beyond Gruesome (VIDEO)

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A 22-year-old man has been arrested in a sickening and gruesome murder. He is accused of not only killing his mother the day after Christmas -- but also of pulling out her intestines because he wanted to "see if there was a baby." The man, Robert Owen Rankin, reportedly told police he awoke on Boxing Day with the determination to snap his mother's neck. But as soon as she began to scream, he decided to stab her in the neck with a fire poker.

The man, of Deep River, Connecticut, said his mother fought back and he had a difficult time killing her -- repeatedly strangling and stabbing her with a buck knife. Once he finally killed her, he then pulled out her intestines, which he said were like "octopus tentacles." He reportedly said he was looking to see if she had a baby.

He explained his motive to police like this:

I killed my mother because she is pretty much responsible for everything that has gone wrong in my life.

He reportedly put her entrails in a wood stove and a bucket. He then confessed to his father, who had arrived at the house. His father called 911.
When police began questioning him, Rankin reportedly said:
I will tell you anything you want to know. I was trying to make things right and I guess I messed up. I tried to make my mother responsible for the terrible things she has done.
Sadly, his mother, Margaret Rohner, seemed unaware that her son hated her so much and posted about her "great kid" on Facebook before the murder.
What a horrible tragedy. Rankin's public defender says he has a "long history of severe psychiatric issues that I don't think were being properly addressed." According to his lawyer, Rankin had gone off his medication for at least some days.
My heart goes out to this poor woman and her family. Her last moments were terrible ones, having her own son do this to her. It's really tragically horrible that this man's mental illness got to this point.
How can this country better address the problem of mental illness?

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His atty. says he has mental issues,but maybe he's just a fuck head.

kayba... kaybayblee3

He certainly sounds like he has some MAJOR mental issues. Who does that to their own mother?!

purra... purracious

i want to know what "terrible things" she supposedly did to ruin his life.

hopea... hopealways4019

This might seemed far fetch. If you got a adult son still living at home? Who seem isolated. Beware!!!

NoWei NoWei

Stop ignoring mental illness in your children. Get it treated for your own safety and the safety of those in the community. If you can't do this, don't have kids.

hello... hellokd87

A lot of the times, especially in adolescents, there's a sense of denial of illness. Not so much from the parents not wanting to believe their "precious angels" are screwed in the head, but if they're teenagers they don't realize there's something wrong with them and as an act of teen angst filled rebellion they don't take their medication. It's all denial, just look at Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan... It's not just "troubled starlets", its a lot of kids in America. People just write them off as going through a phase when there are deep seated psychological issues that need to be addressed before it escalates.

missy... missybest

What can we do to handle mental illness better?  Well, let's see.....don't ignore it!  How crazy is this POS of a son?  The mother just posted about her "wonderful son"?  Talk about avoidance.  Of course this is disgusting.  What kind of crazy people do we have here?  Time to take the crazies away!  Too, too sick for words.  You just can't tell me that the parents had no idea how crazy this b*tthead of a son was.  Condolences to the father.  RIP mom!  The only good part is that at least the guy didn't go out and take out innocent people like some of the crazy people of late.

nonmember avatar Day Guest

It sounds like he was being treated (meaning medicated)for serious mental problems. Usually that involves SSRI type antidepressants. SSRI's all carry serious warnings about gradual withdrawal, since there is a 'small risk' of this type of psychotic behavior. We tune out the warnings on the TV commercials, since it only is a small percentage. Problem is, we have about 10% of the population on SSRI's now, so the small risk is rearing it's ugly head more often. The drug companies are now in the business of creating customers for life, and the money they're making is absolutely mind-boggling.

Check out the documentary on YouTube called 'Making a Killing'.

Best wishes to anyone suffering with mental illness. If you have a cold, or cancer people have compassion. Mental illness has always brought with it an element of shame. We're very uncomfortable with it, and the medical and psychiatric profession has been far too proud to admit that they have not been able to cure the mind.

Peace and courage to this family.

Green... GreenEyesMom

I agree with Day Guest. Netfl ix has a documentary too called "The American Addict". Talks about the united states average consumption of pills, be it antidepressents or painkillers. Basically talks about the way psychiatry has changed for the worst. What the affect is on the population... An just about everything in between.

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