Over 10-hours of recordings between Austin Harrouff, nicknamed the “Cannibal Killer,” and his family have just been made public by the State Attorney’s Office in Martin County, FL. From the Martin County Jail, the 20-year-old accused killer reportedly talks about missing home, being bored and desiring mental help.
Harrouff, a former Florida State University student, was found biting the face of a man named John Stevens III. Stevens, 59, had also been stabbed, as had Michelle Mishcon, 53, with whom Stevens shared a home. Harrouff allegedly entered their home on August 15, according to authorities.
Prior to the stabbing deaths, Harrouf was at a bar called Duffy’s West with his father. Complaining that that the food service was slow, Austin Harrouff left the bar. Bizarrely, the college student then went to his mother’s house, where he reportedly ate a bowl of cooking oil mixed with cheese. With her son acting strangely, Harrouff’s mother took him back to the bar.
According to reports, Harrouf again left the bar, this time walking four miles to the victims’ home, which was close to his father’s house. There were no witnesses to the events that later transpired, but neighbors said that Stevens and Mishcon often sat in their garage with the door open.
During questioning, Harrouff said he hadn’t taken drugs that night, but court documents reveal that he told paramedics he’d smoked marijuana and drank alcohol. Toxicology reports showed no sign of drugs in his system.
According to his attorney, Harrouff was “struggling with severe mental illness.” Harrouf was taken to the Martin County Jail on October 3 of last year.
According to those who have heard the newly released jailhouse tapes, Horrouff’s behavior is shifting. In the early recordings from the site, Harrouf cries and complains about boredom, asking for things to do. He requests materials to write or draw with, and for books and magazines. He complains about missing home, and tells his parents he needs a therapist.
“It just sucks. I just want to be a normal kid again,” Harrouff says in the recordings.
In later recordings, his speech is flat and monotone. He responds to questions either with one word, or says a single word repeatedly. He laughs at inappropriate moments and makes strange sounds.
According to reports, Harrouff told his parents officials gave him anti-depressants and something to help him sleep when he first arrived at the jail. It is unknown if he is currently on any medication.
His next court appearance is set for July 25.
Some of the calls can be heard in the video below.
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