A British man apparently committed a very practical murder:
A man killed his 25-stone father and then ''carefully'' dismembered his body and ''neatly packaged'' the body parts in plastic storage boxes which he used as a television stand, a court has heard.
Nathan Robinson used a Stanley knife, hacksaw and saw to cut up the body of William Spiller at the flat they shared in Stedman Road, Bournemouth, Dorset...
''Mr Spiller's head had been removed, cut off, and was found within another box within a filing cabinet in the bedroom"...
''Mr Spiller was a large man - 6ft 5in, he weighed in excess of 25 stone in weight - hence I say when his body was cut up and dismembered, it would have taken time and effort. Armed with a Stanley knife, small hacksaw and a saw, it would have been a messy business.''
How was the alleged act discovered? Both cinematically and pragmatically:
[Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting] said a neighbour who lived below the pair noticed in the afternoon of that day that a ''pink liquid'' was dripping through the ceiling of his bathroom.
The prosecutor said this was diluted blood as Robinson cleaned up the crime scene with a steam cleaner which he went out to buy after killing his father.
Britain: home of the Gothic, and where the Gothic is sometimes right at home.
(thanks to Jesse "Home Repair" Walker; awesome photo by whologwhy)