A California man has allegedly admitted to beating his wife to death with a concrete block, but has an unusual explanation as to why he did it.
Nathaniel Robertson, 46, allegedly told investigators that he killed his 57-year-old wife, Lidia Robertson, to “give her compassion and mercy” as “the alignments were not in place to protect her,” according to court documents obtained this week by NBC affiliate KGET in Bakersfield.
She was found at the couple’s Oildale home with head trauma on July 11.
If the alignment comments are not confusing enough, Nathaniel also in part blamed a powerful group for poisoning mayonnaise he ate. He allegedly said “they” poisoned his mayo but he refused to specify who “they” were, just that it is a group of “brutal, powerful” people. Nathaniel also told investigators that something inside him was forcing him to release information about the Revolutionary War, according to the docs.
While he supposedly attributed these beliefs to poisoned mayonnaise, it may be more likely that they stem from something else Nathaniel allegedly consumed: meth.
Nathaniel told investigators he used the drug, which he referred to as “ice” and “crystal,” to help him breathe, according to the court documents.
He also reportedly possibly suffered from mental illness, according to witness accounts.
“He just talked to himself all the time and he was just angry seem like,” the couple's neighbor Judith Reese told 23 ABC News in Bakersfield. “It’s like a demon took over.”
She said she heard arguing coming from the Robertson home the night before Lidia was found in a pool of blood. She also said she saw Nathaniel carrying a large stone.
Nathaniel has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He’s held on $1 million bail. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer at this time.
"I didn’t want it to be a painful thing,” Nathaniel told investigators, according to the newly released documents. “I didn’t want to hit her a bunch of times, I wanted to end it, I didn’t want her suffering.”
Back in 1994, Nathaniel pleaded no contest to corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, the Bakersfield Californian reports.
Reese called Lidia "a good faithful person.”
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