Newlywed Pleads Guilty To Killing Wife Of 9 Days With A Crossbow

He was reportedly a religious fanatic and killed his new wife because he believed she was Satan.

By Jaime Lutz

A Philadelphia man who admitted to killing his new wife with a crossbow was sentenced to 20 to 45 years in prison for the murder, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

During Paul Kuzan's final court appearance, his teenage daughter told the judge that she would be happy to never see him again as part of her victim impact statement.

“I want to erase him from my head,” she said. “I hate him. I hate what he did.”

Others close to the victim described Kuzan as a religious fanatic; he told police that he killed his wife with a crossbow because he believed she was literally Satan. 

“I thought she was Satan. I took her life. I guess I am a cold-blooded murderer, but I would not turn my back on the Lord,” Kuzan told police as part of his confession, which was played at the trial. “I thought she was the devil. I’m dead serious. When I walked outside, I thought the apocalypse was about to start.”

He also used to tell his daughter that he was God, his ex-wife’s father told the Inquirer.

Kuzan and his wife, Pamela Nightlinger, had been married just nine days before the murder.

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