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California man kills 90-year-old grandmother with ice pick, eats her flesh after ripping it off with his hands

Dwayne Wallick was standing over a dead Ruby Wallick and eating her body parts when police turned up at his house
(Richmond Police)
(Richmond Police)

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA: A man has been arrested for allegedly cannibalizing his 90-year-old grandmother. Dwayne Wallick has been accused of murdering Ruby Wallick with a knife and an ice pick before ripping off her flesh with his hands and eating it. The incident reportedly happened at a home in Richmond, California, which was shared by the suspect and the victim. Dwayne was Ruby’s carer and the duo were sharing the property for a couple of years.

According to reports, police were called to the scene on Monday, June 1, when the victim’s daughter, also Dwayne’s aunt, came to the house to pick up her mother. Richmond Police spokesman Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy said the old woman’s daughter called them after coming across the gruesome crime scene. When officials arrived at the property, they reportedly found Ruby “bleeding on the family room floor and her nephew in the room covered in blood”. They also saw the accused standing over his grandmother and eating parts of her.

Describing the shocking scene, Pomeroy was quoted by the Los Angeles Times: “I’ve seen it all but in 26 years of law enforcement, I have never seen a crime scene of a victim that badly injured”. It has also been said that despite being ordered to stop by the officials, Dwayne did not pay any heed and continued with his behavior. To control the suspect, cops reportedly have to deploy a taser, but once the 5-second burst of the stun gun subsided, Dwayne became “extremely aggressive”.

Reports claimed the accused, who was kicking and fighting, was caught by the officials after much struggle. Though the motive behind the murder remained unclear, Pomeroy said officials believed Dwayne was under a type of synthetic stimulant, and tests were being undertaken to find if he had illegal substances in his system. The accused has no criminal history or no known mental health issues.

Meanwhile, the victim’s daughter told police that Ruby was highly functional despite her old age. She was expected to live for several more years. While Pomeroy said the elderly had some eyesight issues and used a walker to get around but otherwise was in “good health”.
Dwayne was reportedly initially taken to a hospital for unspecified injuries, which were not related to the physical force used to take him into custody, Pomeroy said. As of Wednesday afternoon, June 3, the accused was still in the hospital and had not been booked into jail. However, prosecutors said his bond has been set at $1.1 million.

In a similar incident, an Indian man has been accused of killing his mother with an axe and then frying her brain in a pan because she did not give him money to buy liquor. The incident reportedly happened in the Indian state of Chattisgarh in 2019. Sitaram Oraon was addicted to alcohol, who allegedly killed his 50-year-old mother Phulo Bai over a petty argument over money so that he could buy himself a drink.

Oraon reportedly regularly used to ask his mother for money, but on the day of the incident, she denied, leaving the accused furious. As a result, he picked up an axe and struck his mother, killing her instantly. But he was not satisfied with just killing her. The 32-year-old allegedly proceeded to crack open her skull, removed her brain, and placed it on a pan to fry so he could eat it.