Austin Harrouff's parents say he was acting strangely, claimed devil spoke to him
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. (CBS 12) —
Newly released recordings show the parents of accused cannibal killer Austin Harrouff telling investigators about their son’s strange behavior before the deadly attack.
The State Attorney’s Office in Martin County just released it to CBS12.
Mina Harrouff told detectives how her son Austin showed up at her home acting strangely after she says he left a nearby restaurant and walked several miles to her home. “I think I was in the refrigerator and I look over and he’s got a container of Wesson Oil and staring out the window like he’s about to drink it,” she said.
She later brought him back to the same restaurant where he was eating dinner with his father. “I said what in the hell are you doing and he didn’t say anything. So I grabbed him by the collar and I said what in the hell are you doing and my girlfriend goes Austin don’t,” Wade Harrouff said.
Austin’s mother shared stories with detectives from the sheriff’s office and state attorney’s office of her son’s alleged behavior and alleged drug use before the attack.
“Austin told him the devil talked to him about six months ago but they just played it off,” she said.
Austin’s father described his son as a docile and shy kid but says he noticed a change in his son’s behavior prior to that fateful night and that he wasn’t sleeping.
Austin is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of John Stevens and his wife Michelle Mishcon at their home near Tequesta in 2016. Deputies say they found Harouff biting at the face of Stevens.
“He’s been weird for 3 to 4 weeks around me. I said did you do mushrooms. He did about 2-3 months ago,” Wade Harrouff said.
Attorneys for Austin Harrouff claim he was suffering a full-blown psychotic episode at the time of the offense. His lawyers will rely on an insanity defense.