Things That Drugs (Allegedly) Make People Do

On May 21st, 2010, Jarrod Wyatt, 26, and Taylor Powell, 21, decided to enjoy some mushroom tea.  As the psychedelic drug took effect, the men became preoccupied with the notion that the end of the world was near, and that soon there would be a final struggle between God and the devil.

They thought that a tidal wave was coming.

Hours later, Sgt. Elwood Lee was dispatched to meet a man who had reported a stabbing.  The witness, a friend of Wyatt and Powell’s, took Lee to a nearby house.  It was there that Lee found Wyatt, naked and covered in blood, standing over Powell’s mutilated body.

“I killed him.  Satan was in that dude,” Wyatt told Lee.  Wyatt was convinced that Powell was the Devil.

“At one point,” Lee said in court, “[Wyatt] asked if we were God, or if we were God coming to save him.”

After cuffing Wyatt, Lee took a closer look at Powell’s body.  The majority of Powell’s face had been removed and an eyeball lay strewn across the room.  There was an 18-inch incision in the chest from which his heart was ripped out.  The victim’s tongue was also cut out and cooked in a wood burning stove along with the heart.  Wyatt told investigators that he cooked the body parts because he was fearful Powell was still alive and he “needed to stop the Devil.”

A lawyer representing Wyatt has claimed the wild mushrooms caused him to act in such a violent way and that he had no control over his actions.  “My client was trying to silence the devil,” said James Fallman, Wyatt’s defense attorney.

Wyatt has been charged with first degree murder, aggravated mayhem, and torture.  He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.  However, prosecutors argue that the act of removing Powell’s heart, tongue, and face took enough time to prove evidence of intent.

Prosecutors added the torture charge because Powell was still alive when his heart was removed.

Jarrod Wyatt (above)

3 Responses to “Things That Drugs (Allegedly) Make People Do”

  1. sean Says:

  2. Ashleigh Says:

    How about this: I believe that he believed that the Devil was in him. Oh and thanks for reading. Hope to see you soon.

  3. Ashleigh Says:

    Whoa. “A medical examination performed shortly after his capture found human flesh in his stomach which was not his own.”

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