Scary to think your own son is capable of something like this.
This is the son who beheaded his mother and kicked her head along the street before jumping under a train in New York.
Mentally-ill Derek Ward, 35, decapitated his 66-year-old mother, Patricia, on Tuesday night before dragging her body outside their apartment, in Farmingdale, New York, in what neighbours first thought was a Halloween prank.
And today it was claimed Prof. Ward was two days away from an appointment to get Derek the medication, which he had been without for four days, that could have saved her life.
‘She had an appointment set up for (Friday),’ her brother, the Rev. Robert Lubrano, told the New York Daily News. ‘She finally met a compassionate psychiatrist, but she’ll never make it to see him.’
Describing Derek as a ‘sick, sick boy’, Rev. Lubrano said Derek had battled psichiatric issues for ten years, but had never shown any signs of violence.
He said: ‘He killed my sister because we couldn’t get the prescriptions he needed. For four days, he didn’t have his meds.
‘She’s dead because he had a mental illness, and we didn’t know how serious it was. We’re in terrible shock. She was a wonderful person.’
Derek had apparently sat with his mother’s mutilated body for a few minutes inside their blood-spattered home following the brutal attack before taking it outside and kicking her head 20 feet.
Neighbours initially thought it was part of a Halloween prank and tried to pick up the body. As they were doing so, Derek jumped in front of an oncoming Long Island Rail Road train.