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Police: Texas Stabbing Suspect is More Unhinged Than We Realized

Dylan Quick, Texas college stabbing suspect

Dylan Quick, Texas college stabbing suspect

Dylan Quick, 21, the student suspected of stabbing 14 of his fellow students at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus on April 9, 2013, was described by a student on the scene as an “eccentric” and a “loner” with “special needs,” who spoke through a sock puppet. It turns out to have been so much worse than that.

After Quick’s arrest the Harris County Sheriff’s Office announced, “According to the statement the suspect voluntarily gave investigators, he has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school. He also indicated that he has been planning this incident for some time,” though how long is unclear. An anonymous tip led investigators to an Internet chat room in which details of the plan may have been disclosed prior to the attack, but no further information has been released. After Quick confessed to doing Internet searches on mass stabbings, police got a warrant to search the home he shares with his parents and to seize his computer.

The warrant details some really disturbing stuff about Quick that came to light during police interviews. Quick reportedly confessed to the stabbings, which is good, but also told investigators that he fantasized about cutting off people’s faces and wearing them as masks, an image taken directly from the escape of serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the film Silence of the Lambs. Police found such a latex Hannibal Lecter mask when searching his possessions. If that isn’t bad enough, he also reportedly confessed to fantasizing about cannibalism and necrophilia. They also seized an animal dissection kit, some books about serial killers, a martial arts text on sword fighting and some objects, like a hairbrush, sharpened into shivs.

Quick was described by Sheriff Adrian Garcia as “matter-of-fact,” and “interacting well with the investigators,” but his attorney says that Quick doesn’t understand the gravity of the accusations against him.

An knife similar to those used in the attacks.

An knife similar to those used in the attacks.

The attacks occurred on the first and second floors of the campus’s Health Science Center at around 11:13 a.m. Most of the students injured in the rampage were stabbed in the face and neck with what was described as a razor-like weapon that broke off leaving visible pieces of the blade in some victims’ wounds. The weapons used turned out to be an X-Acto heavy-duty utility knife that uses snap-off blades and a scalpel. By evening seven of the 14 victims had been released from the hospital, and the worst cases were stable. All are expected to recover.

Quick was arrested by campus police about four minutes after the attacks were reported. Police found the handle of one of the knives used in the attacks in his backpack. He was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault and was held on a $100,000 bond. If convicted he faces 20 years in prison. Quick is currently on a suicide watch.

It has been mentioned in some reports that Quick was born deaf and received cochlear implants at a young age. He was able to hear after the surgery, but had to learn to speak and catch up with his age group, which he did. It’s hard to escape the thought, however, that such an experience could have served to set him apart from people and isolate him in general. In any case, I think that we can expect a psych evaluation before any of this heads to trial.

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