Man Decapitates Landlord With Samurai Sword Over Rent Dispute

Man Decapitates Landlord With Samurai Sword Over Rent Dispute Hartford Police Department

A Connecticut man has been charged with murder after allegedly decapitating his roommate and landlord, Victor King, with a samurai sword. The brutal crime allegedly took place after a dispute about rent, though Jerry David Thompson is said to have threatened King with a blade the day before the murder took place.

Jerry David Thompson

  1. Thompson had only recently moved into the property. It’s unclear how long the 42-year-old had been living in the same residence as King, though it was reported to have been a recent move. However, it wasn’t long before Jerry David Thompson made the violent threat towards King which eventually resulted in King losing his life.
  2. King’s friends became worried when they didn’t hear from him. One of King’s friends was unable to reach the 64-year-old on Sunday, July 26, and alerted the authorities who’d already been made aware of Thompson’s threats by King himself before he died. After police and fire service personnel broke down the door of the property, they discovered the horrifying scene.
  3. Police tracked down Thompson not long after. While Thompson initially refused to speak, he pointed authorities to a piece of paper in the glove box of his Jeep which contained paperwork claiming that Jerry David Thompson considers himself a sovereign citizen and therefore couldn’t be subjected to the law, the New York Post reports. He was obviously arrested anyway.
  4. Thompson has a history of crime. One doesn’t generally just decide to kill someone out of the blue, and police discovered that he had previous assault and robbery convictions prior to King’s murder. He’s currently being held on $2 million bail and police are urging anyone with further information to contact Det. Scott Parker at 860-757-4157, or the HPD anonymous tip line at 860-722-TIPS.
  5. King’s family and friends are heartbroken by his loss. His cousin Jim Banks spoke to the Hartford Courant to express his sadness for the loss of a man he described as “a joy to be around.” Banks said, “He was one of the good guys. One that would never hurt a soul. One that would always reach out and help others. He was pleasant as can be. Always seemed to be happy. He was just a joy to be around. I can’t imagine him doing anything that would provoke somebody. That just wasn’t in his personality.”
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