A Florida man dubbed the “Cannibal Killer” and accused of eating the face of a man after stabbing him and his wife to death last year, says he wants to “be a normal kid again.”
According to the Martin County State Attorney’s Office, officials released over 10 hours of audio of Austin Harrouff, 20, who’s accused of fatally stabbing John Stevens III, 59, and Michelle Mishcon, 53, on August 15, 2016, outside of their Jupiter, Florida, home off of SE Kokomo Lane. When authorities arrived, they found Harrouff biting skin off of Stevens’ face.
Officers assumed Harrouff was on drugs and detained him with blood from the victim all over his face. WPTV reports that a toxicology report given to the suspect showed that Harrouff had no drugs in his system.
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After his arrest, Harrouff began crying and complaining that he was “bored” and wanted to go home via recorded phone calls from jail.
He told his parents, Wade and Mina Harrouff, in separate conversations, that he wanted books, “muscle” magazines, and a therapist. His father assured him numerous times that he would try his best to get him out of jail. His mom attempted to comfort Harrouff and told him to be strong. In a later conversation, Harrouff told his dad that jail was “hell.”
“I know it’s a nightmare,” Wade Harrouff replied. “It wasn’t you, Austin. This thing that happened wasn’t you.”
“I just missing being a normal kid,” Harrouff says.
“That’s something you’re going to have to get used to. You’re no longer a little kid anymore,” Wade Harrouff replied.
“I know I’m almost 20.”
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Later recordings revealed Harrouff in a better mood, joking with parents and talking about dieting and exercise. In another conversation, Harrouff’s father talked about President Trump, the government, and how “the whole government has gone crazy,” which elicited a laugh from the suspect as he sat talking via a phone in jail.
Harrouff is scheduled for his next court appearance on July 26. He’s charged with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder after he allegedly attacked the victims’ neighbor when he tried to intervene.
[Feature Photo: Martin County Attorney’s Office]