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Minnesota Man Fatally Beat Family Who He Lived With For Being 'Weird,' Cops Say

William Hillman said he blacked out and has no memory of beating Denise McFadzen and her son Dalton to death with a pipe wrench.

By Gina Tron

A young man accused of fatally beating a mother and son, who were nice enough to let him stay in their mobile home, claimed he might have killed them because they were “weird.”

William Hillman, 21, told police that he woke up in the middle of the morning on Tuesday confused about what had occurred the night before. He claimed he blacked out and when he came to, he realized he did a “bad thing” and called 911 to tell police from a neighbor’s home, according to court records.

That bad thing? Hillman allegedly used a pipe wrench to beat Denise McFadzen, 42,  and her son, 21-year-old Dalton McFadzen, to death, the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis reported.  Denise was found on the ground outside the mobile home, and Dalton was found face down in a bed inside the home. Both suffered blunt-force trauma to their heads.

When police asked why he did it, Hillman allegedly responded that the mother and son were just ‘weird.” He also allegedly apologized for the killings.

GoFundMe that appears to have been created to help pay for the victims’  funeral services states: “Two people’s lives were senselessly taken by another individual. They were the kindest, caring, loving people you would meet. They were kind enough to let someone in their lives without knowing the end result.”

Hillman told police that he moved in with the generous mother and son about six weeks before their deaths. He was charged on Thursday with two counts of second-degree murder. A public defender has been appointed to Hillman, but the name of the attorney has not been listed.

Hillman has a history of mental illness. He was hospitalized in 2016 after trying to kill his mother inside his home. At the time, he was declared mentally ill and unfit to stand on trial for the attack on his mom, according to WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota.

[Photo: Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office]