Psychologist decapitates husband: Children find severed head in the park
A psychologist who says she was tired of being abused by her husband took his chainsaw and cut his body into segments, decapitating him, then scattered the body parts all over the city, authorities say. Maria Alejandra Lafuente Caso then used her dead husband's cell phone to convince his family members that he still lived. But it would be the horrifying discovery of the severed head in a local park by children that led to her arrest.The New York Daily News reported Dec. 17 that 40-year-old Maria Lafuente Caso was arrested after Mexico City police launched an investigation following the finding of the head was recovered in the park. Caso told them she had killed her husband after years of abuse, first slipping sleeping pills into his drink, then taking the chainsaw and dismembering him after he fell asleep. "Before the body parts were found she convinced everyone that he was alive and well by sending text messages," noted a Mexico City police spokesperson. In fact, authorities had to identify the body via DNA analysis. Other body parts were found in other parts of the city.The spokesperson said, according to the Daily News, that she then pretended to be a grieving widow."But a forensic examination of her home found traces of his blood and bone gristle in the carpets and bits of flesh in the bathroom." So..."She then tried to have herself sectioned [declared insane] using her knowledge of mental illness as a psychologist so she wouldn't have to stand trial for his murder. But we had a doctor carry out tests and she is of perfectly sane mind."The Lincoln Journal Star reported (via Omaha.com) that a judge in Nebraska found a man there, Kent Burklund, to not be competent to stand trial after he was arrested for decapitating his wife. Reports that he was paranoid, thought that his wife was part of some "white collar" gang, and that she kept a diary of his erratic behavior prompted the judge's decision. However, the judge placed the case under further review, noting that he believed Burklund might be competent enough to stand trial in the future. He will rule again on the case in February.In yet another decapitation case, an Oklahoma man who had minutes before been fired from his job beheaded a woman at his former workplace. His competency would never reach a point of relevancy, however, because the food processing plant owner shot and killed the man before he could continue what looked to be a developing spree killing. If convicted of murder, Maria Caso faces a sentence of life in prison. Kent Burklund is charged with second-degree murder in his case.