Connecticut man decapitates landlord with samurai sword during rent dispute

A Connecticut man decapitated his landlord with a sword during a dispute over unpaid rent, authorities said.

On the morning of Jul. 25, Hartford police responded to a 911 call from the landlord, Victor King, who said his roommate, Jerry Thompson, had been waving a Samurai sword at him, according to the Hartford Courant.

The two men were arguing about Thompson’s overdue rent, which King told him that he had to move out if he couldn’t pay.

The following morning, police received calls from King’s friends who were concerned for his safety after they couldn’t reach him.

Officers forced their way into King’s home later that afternoon and found his body slashed and covered in bedding, with blood everywhere.

A medical examiner’s report observed injuries consistent with a large, edged weapon, noting “lacerations to the … right arm, upper chest and across the neck causing decapitation,” KTLA 5 reported.

“It was pretty brutal,” King’s cousin, Jim Banks, told the Courant. “I can’t imagine him doing anything that would provoke somebody. That just wasn’t in his personality.”


Following his arrest, Thompson was unresponsive, but at one point, he wrote, “paper in the glove compartment in Jeep is all you need.” Police searched the glove compartment and found paperwork suggesting that Thompson believed he was a sovereign citizen, and thus not subject to U.S. laws.

42-Year-Old Jerry Thompson was arrested on a murder charge in Hartford on Tuesday and ordered held instead of a $2 million bond, according to the Courant.

He appeared without an attorney and refused to speak with a public defender. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 18.

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