Long Island, NY- A Long Island professor was beheaded by her son last Tuesday and dragged into the yard where he kicked her head across the street before throwing himself in front of a train.
Patricia Ward, 66, was the victim of this heinous act. Her son Derek, 36, had psychological problems and was living with her when it happened.
The neighbors reported seeing Derek dragging a body across their lawn and then kicking at a head repeatedly. About 25 minutes later, Derek jumped in front of an eastbound Long Island Railroad Train.
All of the neighbors thought it was some kind of Halloween prank until they tried to move her body and realized the grizzly truth.
A witness, Nick Gorbon, told the Post that there was “blood all over the floor of their home and you could see the blood smears going all the way down the stairs”.
Horrible Tragedy Thought to Be Halloween Prank Has Neighbors Shocked
“The body’s feet were at the curb, the shoulders were at the middle of the street. The head was across the street,” Jack Imperial, who saw the scene from a cab, told the New York Daily News. “I’ve seen some gruesome stuff in my years of living… but nothing like this. I didn’t expect to see something like this, especially not out here.”
Ward was a well known and respected professor of language arts at Farmingdale State College. Her colleagues were shocked and horrified when they heard what had happened.
“There’s a lot of tears, it’s a sad place today,” Patrick Calabria, vice president of institutional advancement at the college, told FoxNews.com. “She was well-known, well-liked and well-respected.”
Derek had a history of psychological problems going back at least 10 years. Police Detective Michael Bitsko said that apparently he had a drug problem. It is not known whether he was under the influence when he acted out on his mother.
In 2006, Derek was arrested for possession of a firearm and 100 pills of Valium police sources say.
A shocked community was saddened to see the loss of a well respected woman in their community.
“This doesn’t happen here,” said Barbara Smalls, a town resident. “This is a very nice, nice neighborhood. People are very friendly.”Read More