Matthew James Phelps mugshot

Wednesday Crime Stories: ‘Cough syrup killer’ allegedly stabs young wife 123 times, obsessed with ‘American Psycho’

When a would-be North Carolina pastor called 911 he explained that he had taken a strong cough medicine before falling asleep only to wake up to find his wife stabbed to death. While Matthew Phelps may hope the cough syrup defense might save him from a murder conviction, police say the 26-year-old was obsessed with “American Psycho,” a movie about a serial killer.

Matthew and Lauren Phelps [Facebook]
Nancy Grace digs into the case with medical examiner Dr. William Morrone, Connecticut-based criminal defense lawyer Mickey Sherman, New York psychotherapist Lauren Howard, and Crime Stories contributing reporter John Lemley.

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[Feature Photo: Matthew Phelps/Police Handout]