Father Of FSU ‘Cannibal Killer’ Reveals His Son’s Bizarre Behavior Leading Up To The Senseless Slaughter Of A Florida Couple

It’s been three weeks since news hit that an Florida State Alpha Delta Phi frat dude who friends claimed “wouldn’t hurt a fly” brutally stabbed a married couple to death at their home near Tequesta, Florida. When the sheriff arrived, 19-year-old Austin Harrouff was biting the face of one of the victims, growling like an animal. The attack was completely random and unprovoked.

Harrouff currently resides at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach in critical condition and is reportedly “rapidly deteriorating,” claims his father, Wade. Wade says that his son has a severe case of pneumonia and still suffers from severe burns to his esophagus, likely from the caustic chemicals he ingested prior to the murder.

Wade told reporters after his appearance on Dr. Phil, which aired Wednesday:

“My son is not doing well. He can open his eyes. He can raise his finger. He can squeeze my hand. He can’t talk. He is unresponsive,” Wade Harrouff told The Palm Beach Post on Wednesday after his interview with Dr. Phil was shown on national television.

(“Austin) must have some psychological break…. I’m not trying to excuse what happened. He cared a lot about people. Something went way wrong,” Wade Harrouff told the television advice psychologist. [via Palm Beach Post]

Check out a couple segments from Wade’s interview with Dr. Phil, where he describes his son’s  alarming behavior prior to the vicious murders.

Wade struggles to contain his emotion when Dr. Phil presses him on his relationship with his son going forward.

Tough to watch. Hard not to feel for Austin’s dad, who will likely spend the rest of his life wondering how his once happy child could commit such a heinous crime.

[h/t Uproxx]

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