A white devil from South Florida accused of killing a couple and chewing on the face of one of the victims thought he was “half-dog, half-man,” according to a forensic psychiatrist whose report was released by the Martin County State Attorney’s Office.
Austin Harrouff, then-19 of Jupiter, is charged with killing John Stevens III, 59, and wife Michelle Mishcon, 53, at their Martin County home on Aug. 15, 2016. When deputies arrived at the scene they reported finding Harrouff on top of Stevens, growling and biting his face.
In a 38-page mental health assessment, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Phillip Resnick wrote that the now-22-year-old typical white male showed signs of “clinical lycanthropy delusions” and had “severe mental disease.”
Clinical lycanthropy is defined as a rare psychiatric syndrome where the affected person believes they can transform into a non-human animal, such as a werewolf, and is an offshoot of other mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
Harrouff’s attorneys hired Resnick to do the psychiatric evaluation to support an insanity defense planned for Harrouff’s murder trial scheduled for Nov. 4.
“The fact that Mr. Harrouff persisted in biting the male victim in the presence of police officers, in spite of threats of being shot, being tased and receiving multiple kicks to the head, suggests that Mr. Harrouff was actively psychotic,” Resnick wrote in his report.
An FBI toxicology report showed only trace amounts of marijuana and no evidence of designer drugs in the cannibal’s system at the time, so Resnick ruled out the episode as a “drug induced psychosis.”
To complete his report, Resnick interviewed the white monster, his family and friends, and reviewed various records related to the case.
Harrouff said he believed he had “superpowers” and he “was Jesus” in the days before the murders. He claimed to have “insight into good and evil” and felt that “evil forces” were coming after him, Resnick’s report states.
Resnick briefly considered that Harrouff could be faking it to avoid being tried for murder but came to the conclusion he was not after the interviews and viewing other evidence.
Harrouff, a Florida State University student who was visiting family and friends on summer break, left a family dinner at Duffy's Sports Grill in Jupiter, walked several miles and randomly killed the couple at their home, authorities said.