It has to be one of the most gruesome ways to commit suicide. And it's truly sad. A man in Yorktown, VA decapitated himself on Tuesday after a domestic dispute reportedly regarding his children.
The incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. when police showed up to a residence and then noticed a burning utility trailer attached to a white Ford Explorer at the subdivision's entrance. Authorities approached the vehicle and the man inside, who had apparently started the blaze, refused to exit. That's when things took an odd turn, according to WAVY-TV:
A fire department officer noticed a cable attached to a nearby tree and wrapped around the neck of the driver.
Upon attempting to get the driver to exit the vehicle, deputies said he accelerated the vehicle.
The driver, a 46-year-old man who had most recently been living in Chicago, was pulled from the vehicle and was decapitated.
The vehicle came to rest about 150 yards further down Holmes Boulevard.
Gawker has more details:
The couple was divorced, and had two children, both of whom were at school at the time of the incident. The father, unidentified by police save for the fact that he was 46 and from Chicago, had relocated to Yorktown to be closer to his kids. The fight was over access to them.
While a deputy took his ex-wife's statement, another noticed a white Ford Explorer driving by, pulling along a utility trailer that was on fire. The car was being driven by the ex-husband, who had a cable — the kind used to "hoist an automobile engine" — tied around his neck. The other end was tied to a nearby tree. [...]
"Nobody has ever heard of anything like this," Gawker quotes York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs as saying. "It's a really bizarre incident."