In mid-January, a Pennsylvania man killed his pregnant 25-year-old wife in their home with a scimitar-like sword. She was found dead of multiple sharp force trauma to the head and neck. Their 2-yr old son was unharmed. The 6-month female fetus did not survive. This week, police testified in a hearing that John Ziegler III admitted to killing his wife Diana because he needed to save the world from “hybrid humans”:
When Northern York County Regional police interviewed John Ziegler III, he told them that he’d been “feeling off” for the last three months. Ziegler also expressed a belief, they said, that he could change the weather with his emotions.
He believed that his wife was the “queen bee.” Ziegler thought everything would change — it wasn’t a political statement — with the election of President Donald Trump.
The mental history of Ziegler is unclear from just the provided news reports. The couple had not lived in the house very long. Three months prior to the crime would have been November, election month. The date of the crime January 27, seven days after Inauguration day. The police log is incorrect in stating it was 1-17-17. I was not able to pinpoint which of the many insane ideas about “hybrid humans” Ziegler might have been referencing or what “Queen Bee” specifically referred to. Some may interpret this as a growing cultural acceptability of extreme ideas proffered by talk radio hosts and internet conspiracy sites. Have these ideas pushed some people over the edge? It’s tempting to blame such vile extremism as triggers, but rampant murder isn’t occurring. More will likely come out in the trial scheduled for April in York County.
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