Methed-Out Man Murders And Cuts Head Off Girlfriend's Alleged Rapist

The couple beat the woman's alleged abuser before smoking meth with him and finally stabbing and heading him. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

Minnesota police are still trying to untangle the web of stories that led to the arrest of a couple on charges they murdered the woman’s alleged rapist and dismembered him. It all began with a simple traffic stop, which led to a high speed chase. When police finally apprehended the driver he quickly rolled over on his friend and passenger, Joseph Christen Thoresen, 35. The witness said Thoresen confessed to stealing the car from a man he brutally murdered and beheaded in retribution for raping his girlfriend.

The car belonged to 20-year-old David Haiman from Hibbing, Minnesota. According to Thoresen’s girlfriend, who police detained soon after the information came to light, Thoresen invited Haiman over to his house. Once there, Thoresen’s girlfriend confronted Haiman, who she said raped her in the couple’s bedroom at a previous date. Haiman then agreed to be tied up and beaten by the couple to make amends. Afterwords, the couple and Haiman drove around in his car, smoking a combination of marijuana and crystal meth.

 At some point the group experienced car trouble. After stopping to see what the problem was, Thoresen snapped and beat Haiman with a baseball bat before repeatedly stabbing him. He then cut off Haiman’s head, dumping it and the man’s torso in a nearby wooded area, which was later found by law enforcement. Though her claims have yet to be verified, as a rape victim the woman’s name can not be released. Thoresen is being held on $2 million bail without conditions and $1 million with conditions, and his girlfriend has been charged with being an accomplice to murder. 

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