NY Cops Investigate Grisly Beheading, Suicide by Train

Police think man cut off mom's head, jumped in front of LIRR car
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2014 11:56 AM CDT
NY Cops Investigate Grisly Beheading, Suicide by Train
An apartment building where a woman was found dead in the street the previous evening is seen in Farmingdale, NY, on Oct. 29, 2014.   (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

Authorities on Long Island are sifting through a pair of deaths so grisly that multiple witnesses describe the scene as something they thought "was a Halloween prank." A woman in her 60s was apparently decapitated at her Farmingdale apartment shortly before 8pm last night, reports Newsday. "We saw the body on one side and saw the head on the other side" of the pavement, one resident tells CNN . "I thought everything was a prank." About 25 minutes later and about 1,000 feet away, a man in his 30s was killed when he leaped in front of a Long Island Rail Road train. Authorities believe that he's the woman's son, who also lived in the Farmingdale apartment, and are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

"The son has a drug problem apparently," a source tells Newsday. Meanwhile, the New York Post wastes no time getting graphic, reporting that after beheading the woman inside the apartment, the suspect "dragged her out into the street, where he kicked her severed head about 20 feet." "There was blood all over the floor," a resident tells the Post. "You can see smears going down the stairs … as if somebody were pulling a body." The deceased have not yet been identified. (Read more beheading stories.)

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