Wow, can’t even imagine what this father is feeling right now. When children grow up, there is only so much parents can do to keep them on the right track. Sad story.
The father of ‘cannibal killer’ Austin Harrouff broke down on Dr Phil as he apologized to the families of the victims, describing his life as ‘the biggest nightmare.’
Dr Wade Harrouff also revealed more details of his 19-year-old son’s ‘manic’ behavior on the night of the alleged murders, saying he downed vegetable oil at a family dinner in a restaurant before storming out.
Police say it was on the way home from that restaurant, while walking back to his father’s house, that Austin stabbed John Stevens, 59, and wife Michelle Mishcon, 53 to death in their garage, before eating part of Stevens’ face and abdomen.
Austin’s mother, Mina, had been so concerned about her son’s behavior that she called 911 after he left, telling police that he had been acting erratically and claiming to have superpowers.
Dr Harrouff, who has said his son’s alleged attack is due to mental illness, also told Dr Phil that the teen’s personality completely changed two weeks before the killings.
Fighting back tears, the prominent dentist added: ‘I’m deeply sorry for what my son did to those people.
‘And I’ll apologize for him, because my own son would have never done that … He’s such a good person.
‘He would never knowingly do something like that. I’m truly sorry to those people.’
Officers say Harrouff, who they believe overdosed on synthetic drug flakka, randomly attacked Stevens and Mishcon after dining with his parents at Duffy’s restaurant in Jupiter on August 15.
After her son stormed out, mother Mina called police, telling them: ‘My son has kind of taken off and I’m concerned about his own safety. He’s acting a little strange.’
‘It seems like he’s a little delusional,’ she added. ‘There’s this recent change that we’re noticing. He was out to dinner with his dad today and he took off.
‘He says he feels immortal and like a super-hero. I don’t know what’s going on with him. The only thing he has on is a switch-blade type pocket knife.’
Cops say Harrouff used a switchblade he was carrying along with a broken vodka bottle from the garage to stab the couple to death.