Last summer, the murder of Florida couple Michelle Mishcon and John Stevens III by frat-boy Austin Harrouff sent shockwaves across the nation, after it was reported that he beat and stabbed them before eating the flesh off Stevens’ fac. So many unanswered questions. Chief among them: what caused there seemingly average 20-something to go off the rails like that? Bath salts? The new “$5 Insanity” street drug, Flakka?
Neither, as it turns out.
Via Daily Mail:
Toxicology results are adding more mystery to the case of a Florida State University frat boy who murdered a random couple and ate the male victim’s face. On Wednesday, the FBI revealed that the 19-year-old did NOT have either bath salts or flakka in his system when he carried out the attack three months ago. The two substances have been associated with similar ‘zombie-like’ attacks and are both illegal in Florida.
Harouff’s attorney said in a statement that there were several drugs in his system that were ‘medically introduced to him’ at the hospital, where he was treated after the incident. There were also minimal levels of THC in his system, the active ingredient in marijuana.
The FBI’s lab found that there was alcohol in his system, but it’s unclear what kind.
‘Harrouff may have ingested solvents or some other toxic solution when he was in the couple’s garage, liquids which could have contained alcohol and which shed light on Harrouff’s severe medical injuries, including damage to his esophagus and internal organs,’ said King.
Investigators released an extensive list of Harrouff’s internet searches in the weeks before the killings, which included ‘I think I’m going crazy am I?’, ‘marijuana withdrawal’, ‘hearing things in my sleep’ and ‘signs of steroids’. More bizarre searches included terms like ‘positive hypnosis’, ‘how to sell your soul to the devil’, ‘obsessive thoughts about examining life’ and other subjects ranging from the creation of the world to the Illuminati.
His personal writings dating back to 2013 were also made public, revealing Harrouff had been bullied and felt anxious, depressed and angry.
Harrouff’s attorney Nellie King, said on Wednesday: ‘Austin is struggling with severe mental illness and the judicial process will bear all of this out in due time.’
While she did not specify the 19-year-old’s condition, his father Wade Harrouff previously said in an interview that he believes his son suffers from schizophrenia, which he says runs in his family.
His mother Mina Harrouff also told investigators her son had been acting strangely in the week leading up to the brutal attack.
He called himself an ‘animal’, made comments about being immortal, and watched ‘self hypnosis videos’ on the computer in his bedroom, Mina said.
Harrouff’s sister Haley even recorded his odd behavior and played an audiotape for detectives of her brother saying: ‘All this pain and sorrow because I solve all problems people have’ and ‘I’ve become almost immortal, I have to die one day.’
His odd behavior also led her to lock her bedroom door at night, according to an affidavit.
Undated court documents released this week also included Harrouf’s writings, with passages like: ‘You say my big heart’s gonna kill me one day, my head roller coasting with these drugs in my brain. So why do it anyways? Why do it anyways?’
He also wrote: ‘Do you know what it feels like to be so afraid to speak? Becoming a bully ‘cause all the bullies bullied me.
‘[Expletive] man, I just wanted to be accepted. The anxiety I feel inside feels like I internally bleed.’
Harrouff’s parents issued a statement days afterward expressing condolences to the Stevens family and apologies to neighbor Jeff Fisher, who was stabbed while trying to rescue the couple. He told deputies: ‘Help me, I ate something bad… Humans’ He then spit out a piece of flesh, court documents show. He begged deputies to kill him after they pulled him off Stevens, according to the records.
‘Shoot me now, I deserve to die,’ Harrouff said.