In July of 2018, Brad Jackson, 65, was found brutally murdered inside the business he managed. Pankaj Bhasin, 34, who is accused of killing Jackson, claimed that he had stabbed the man because he thought that Jackson was a werewolf.
On July 13, 2018 a woman driving her Mercedes Benz in the Old Alexandria area was shocked when a bloody, naked man opened the back passenger-side door and jumped into the backseat.
She yelled at him to get out of the car and then she did the smart thing which was to get her daughter and herself out of the vehicle which they kept locked until police arrived.
Police then found Jackson's body inside Window Universe the business he managed. Police said Bhasin stabbed Jackson numerous times with a box cutter and also used a dry-erase marker in the attack. The marker's cap was found embedded in the victim's body, police said. The rest of the marker was found in the Mercedes with Bhasin. A medical examiner found the case of death to be multiple blunt force and sharp force injuries.
The case is being tried now, and Bhasin's defense have asked jurors to believe that their client is not guilty by reason of insanity. Prior to the murder Bhasin who lived in New Jersey had shown signs of severe mental illness and had recently checked out of a psychiatric hospital. His attorneys described that he had attacked his own family and he suffered from bipolar disorder and suffered a complete psychotic breakdown, which is why he thought that Brad Jackson was a werewolf.
There was no connection between the two men and the attack appeared to be completely random.
The judge has overruled the motion to strike down the case, and a verdict has not been reached.
Unfortunately this is not the first person to have been attacked by another person who thought they were a werewolf. In November 2018, Ekaterina Tirskaya, 22, from Novosibirsk, Russia stood trial for stabbing her new lover claiming that she thought he was a werewolf.
She had met this man on social media and after becoming lovers she told him that she was a vampire and like the character Elena Gilbert from the series the Vampire Diaries she had a mission to kill werewolves.
He told her that he didn't believe in the supernatural, and possibly suspecting that they had less in common than he originally thought he urged her to go home.
What she did instead was to go the kitchen get a knife and try to stab him when he stepped out of the shower. He managed to wrestle the knife away from but she grabbed another and then stabbed him in the chest. He ran to a neighbor seeking help from the wannabe Van Helsing that had just tried to killhim.
Ahead of her trial in Siberia she was given a psychological assessment and found to be sane. She was convicted to two and a half years in prison and to pay her victim $5,000 in physical and emotional damages. He told local Russian newspapers that after losing his job, and seeing a therapist he still has nightmare about the blonde "vampire" he met on the internet.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer