Family Crimes

Man Kills Mother And Dismembers Body After Being Told To Turn Down His Music

"I put her in the bathtub and hacked her up."

A middle-aged Illinois man killed his mother after he was told that he was playing his Jimi Hendrix music too loudly, prosecutors claimed on Tuesday.

Brian Peck, 55, then allegedly dismembered his mother’s body and discarded it in bags and luggage along Chicago’s lakefront, the Chicago Tribune reported. Though investigators are still testing the recovered remains to determine if they belong to Peck’s mother, Gail Peck, 76, police believe there is already enough evidence to charge Brian Peck, including an identifiable scar on the recovered body.

Peck confessed to the killing and dismemberment, prosecutors said. He initially told investigators that his mother had left to walk her dog, and then the dog returned without her.

After investigators searched Peck’s home, they found blood stains over floors, furniture and recently purchased cleaning supplies. Though Peck initially claimed the blood was the result of an accident, he changed his story when police showed him photos of the luggage used to dispose of the older woman’s body, police said.

He claimed that he had gotten into a fight with his mother over the volume of the music he was playing, and he responded by pushing his mother to the ground and stomping on her head and neck. After she died, he allegedly began dismembering her.

“He told police, ‘I put her in the bathtub and hacked her up,’” said Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Maria McCarthy. “He severed her body parts with the hand saw that was found in the duffel bag that contained the severed legs.”

Peck had previously pleaded guilty to domestic battery of his mother last year, after his mother told police that her son had threatened to kill her, attempted to choke her and punched her in the face.

Peck is being held without bail on charges of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death.

[Photo: Elgin Police Department]

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