Glenn Dey of 25 Highland Street savagely beat and murdered his wife, Emily Dey, yesterday afternoon. Mr. Dey removed his wife’s head and eyes and buried them in the couple’s backyard, police said. After receiving a 911 call from a neighbor, the police entered the Deys’ residence, finding Mr. Dey brandishing a large hunting knife. After repeated requests by police for Mr. Dey to relinquish the weapon, he cut his own throat. Emergency care providers were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Mystic Mercy Hospital. “When we arrived on scene, Mr. Dey was in his living room with the knife to his throat,” said Officer Brad Dennis. “We tried to talk him out of it, but it was too late. I don’t think there was any stopping him.”

Police Chief Andrew Asner said, “We are not ruling out the possibility of the occult. When we deal with such a ritualistic desecration of a body, we don’t rule anything out. The suspect was ranting to the arriving officers about his wife being a witch. It’s hard to determine what a deranged individual means by a statement like that.”

Officers Brad Dennis and Harold Fleming arrived at the Dey residence after receiving a report from a neighbor spotting Mr. Dey, “Casually walking out the back door with a spade and [Mrs. Dey’s] head in his hands,” said Officer Dennis.

The Dey’s neighbor, Harriet Crenshaw, who initially called the police, said that while returning home from her afternoon walk, she witnessed Mr. Dey walk out his back door with, “What looked to be a severed head and a shovel,” said Crenshaw. “At first, I didn’t know what it was in his hands. It looked like a head, but of course, when you see something like that, you don’t actually think it could be (a head).”

The couple’s two year old child was in the house during the incident, but he was unharmed.

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