A man who reportedly referred to himself as ‘God’ bludgeoned his aunt and uncle to death inside their Warren, Michigan home on Friday.
According to WJBK, Joseph Borowiak, 37, has been arraigned on two counts of first-degree murder for the killings of 66-year-old Cynthia Collins and 67-year-old Steven Collins. Steven was killed while he slept. Both were shot to death, according to police.
"What is the explanation? Only the person who committed the homicides can answer why," Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said. "Why would you murder people that actually raised you cared about you, supported you, helped you?"
Around the time of the killing, Borowiak posted a selfie and a hit list on social media.
On that hit-list were other relatives, whom the police identified and protected.
Dwyer said that the aunt and uncle “did as much as they could” for their relative. He stated that the motive behind the murder is unclear. Neighbors of the Borowiak said that he was mentally unstable.
"He would talk like he was God," neighbor Alisha Goolsby told WJBK. "He believed he was God."
Greg Birch, who lived across the street from the slain couple, told Livingston Daily that the accused shooter “literally thought that he had died and came back for our sins.” Birch noted that Borowiak had a collection of Bibles and an altar in the basement at one point.
Father Stanley Obloj of the St. Mark Parish in Warren told Livingston Daily that Borowiak claimed he heard voices from God.
"He acted as if he had private revelations. Apparently he said he was a god, he was a savior," he said.
Six hours after the brutal killings, Borowiak was found with blood sprayed on his sweatshirt and glasses at a pizza joint. His bond was denied and he is due back in court next week.
“I really was hoping that the kid was gonna, you know, turn his life around. I really was,” Birch said.
Birch called the victims down-to-earth. He said Steven was always watching baseball, and Cindy enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and sharing her recipes for Polish dishes like kapusta.