A SUSPECTED cannibal was charged with murder today after allegedly hacking a Connecticut man to death and eating part of his brain.
Tyree Lincoln Smith, 35, is said to have killed Angel Gonzalez with an axe before scooping up an eyeball and a portion of his brain, according to the Connecticut Post.
He stuffed the dismembered organs into a plastic bag and took them to a cemetery before consuming them at the site of his brother’s grave, police told the paper.
The gruesome crime went undiscovered for weeks until a property inspector came across Gonzalez’s mutilated body last Friday inside a vacant apartment in Bridgeport, Connecticut, northeast of New York City.
A breakthrough in the case came on Monday when a relative of Smith came forward describing how he had visited her on December 15, ranting about Greek gods, calling her Athena – and vowing “to get blood on his hands”.
He returned the next day – clutching an axe and wearing blood-spattered clothes – and confessed to having killed a Hispanic man who invited him inside the apartment complex where he used to live.
Smith had been sleeping on the building’s back porch when he was woken by his alleged victim, who offered him shelter from the cold.
After following him inside, Smith battered the Good Samaritan in the face and head with an axe, according to his apparent confession.
He then retrieved some of his victim’s bloody remains and took them to a nearby cemetery where he allegedly consumed an eyeball and a piece of brain whilst visiting his brother’s grave.
Smith boarded a Greyhound bus on January 20 but was arrested last night in Lynn Haven, a town in the Florida panhandle, on suspicion of murder.
A drifter with an apparent history of mental health problems, Smith is now being held on $1 million bond pending extradition to Connecticut, the Post said.
Friends and relatives of 43-year-old Gonzalez told the paper he was a drunk but insisted he was good-natured and harmless.
“Here it is that my dad was trying to help this guy, telling him to come inside from the cold,” a stepchild, Odalys Vazquez, 25, said.
“If my father was helping him stay warm, what kind of person is it who does this, who repays him by swinging an ax at him and hitting him so hard it blows his brains out