When police in Yorktown, Virginia responded to a domestic dispute call at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, they witnessed something they’d never seen before during the course of their careers. A man decapitated himself in front of them.
The man, who’s remained unidentified by police save for the fact that he was 46 years old and from Chicago, was arguing with his ex-wife over access to his two children. He had relocated to Yorktown in order to spend more time with them, but apparently his ex wasn’t cooperating.
When police got to the scene, they noticed a white Ford Explorer nearby with a trailer — which was on fire — attached to the back. And then it happened.
The man had taken a long cable — the kind used to “hoist an automobile engine” — and tied one end around a tree, and the other around his neck. When the cops asked him to exit the vehicle, he accelerated the car.