A Chicago woman has been arrested for allegedly repeatedly stabbing a stranger two weeks ago while donning a “Scream” mask and blaming her actions on God.
Patricia Calhoun-Murdock, 20, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder, home invasion and residential burglary for a heinous attack at an apartment in Canaryville. The 56-year-old victim was stabbed 39 times; her throat was slit in two places and her heart was punctured, but she has survived, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The victim was asleep on a couch at her son’s house — she was dogsitting for him while he was away — when she awoke to the sight of Calhoun-Murdock with a “Scream” mask over her face, according to the Tribune's report. Holding a knife, the suspect allegedly declared, “God is making me do this” before stabbing the woman on her face, head, neck and skull. The woman's arm was also broken in the attack.
After brutally stabbing the victim, Calhoun-Murdoch took a shower, ate and watched some TV in the home, prosecutor Lorin Jenkins told a judge over the weekend. She added that when the victim tried to play dead, Calhoun-Murdoch creepily uttered, “I can still hear you breathing.”
The victim’s daughter-in-law showed up at some point during the incident, and the victim told her to leave and call 911. The culprit allegedly then assaulted the middle-aged victim, this time with a baseball bat, before fleeing.
Investigators were able to track Calhoun-Murdoch down and link her to the crime through an allegedly stolen Kindle.
Calhoun-Murdoch is being held without bail, according to online jail records. It’s not clear if she has an attorney who can speak on her behalf. She allegedly blamed “mental health concerns,” according to court documents obtained by the Tribune.
While the victim was in critical condition when rushed to the hospital, it’s not clear what condition she is in now.
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