Man guilty of beheading mother, but is found not criminally responsible He admired her, but aspired to kill

August 21, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

A 29-year-old man with a long history of schizophrenia pleaded guilty yesterday to murder, then was found not criminally responsible for beheading and disemboweling his mother at their Parkville home on March 25.

According to records in Baltimore County Circuit Court, David Raymond Lorenz told police he "had the perfect mother" but aspired to be a serial killer.

He also said the ancient Aztecs believed "the mother is the escalator who takes all of the power away [but] if you take a bite of the heart, her powers transfer to you." He claimed to have tasted his mother's blood.

During yesterday's brief hearing, the 6-foot, 250-pound Lorenz showed no emotion as he answered yes-and-no questions to determine his competence to plead guilty.

After yesterday's court proceedings, he was committed to the ++ Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, where he will remain as long as he continues to be a danger to people or property.

At one point in the hearing, he told Judge Alfred L. Brennan Sr. that his medication "calms my nerves down and takes away a lot of the. . . . Well, I get excited without it, you know. It takes that away. I mean, like, I get real religious or start talking, or coming up with new ways to get in touch with aliens, and all, and when I'm on it, I'm just back the way I normally was."

The afternoon of the killing, paramedics and police found Lorenz at the home in the 8800 block of Wilson Ave., covered with blood and holding a knife with a curved 13-inch blade.

He told them he was Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic character in the novel and movie, "The Silence of the Lambs", which he had seen several times during the week before the murder, said Assistant State's Attorney Jason League. Lorenz also told them he was Jesus Christ, but was not yet united with God.

In the bedroom hallway, police found the mutilated body of Jean Blanche Lorenz, 57, lying near the wheelchair she used as a result of multiple sclerosis. Dressed in pajamas, she had been decapitated, and cut from the stomach to the throat and around one breast.

A telephone lay nearby. She had called her sister, who then called for help, believing Mrs. Lorenz had fallen.

After his arrest, Lorenz asked for a public defender, but continued talking about the killing as he was being booked, police said.

Some of these statements -- about serial killers, nirvana, hell, insanity and how difficult it would be to sell the home -- were entered in evidence with the findings by the staff at Perkins.

Doctors at the hospital center evaluated Lorenz and found he was not criminally responsible for the crime.

He had no criminal record and illegal drugs weren't a factor in the crime, but the prosecutor and the defense attorney said Lorenz had been treated privately for a history of mental illness.

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