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DA: Man cooked wife’s body parts

VISTA, Calif. — An Oceanside man accused of killing his wife and dismembering her body in their home pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and other charges.

Frederick Hengl, 68, was ordered held in lieu of $5 million bail in the death of 73-year-old Anna Faris.

The defendant, who is also charged with willful cruelty to an elder and committing an unlawful act with human remains, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Deputy District Attorney Katherine Flaherty told Judge Marshall Hockett that police went to the couple’s home on North Ditmar Street last Friday after neighbors complained of a very strong, foul odor coming from the residence.

Officers entered the home through a window and saw what they thought was meat cooking on the stove, Flaherty said.

After contacting the defendant at a nearby bar, police realized that he was in the process of dismembering his wife, according to the prosecutor.

“There was not instantaneous recognition on the part of the officers, understandably, on what it was they were seeing, but they put two and two together pretty quickly after he (Hengl) was contacted,” Flaherty said outside court. “They (officers) did find the victim’s head, which had been severed at the very top of the cervical vertebrae, in the freezer wrapped in a bag.”

In the bathroom, officers found what appeared to be a work area, with a saw and boning knife and other cutting instruments, the prosecutor said. A bag with pieces of bone that had been freshly cut was also found in the home, Flaherty said.

The victim’s cause of death is still pending. When the victim died is not known, although authorities said Faris was seen prior to Nov. 1.

Neighbors told reporters that they had not seen the victim in about a month and had heard what sounded like a power saw in use in the couple’s home about two weeks ago.

Several people who live in the neighborhood said Faris had been behaving bizarrely since last spring, exposing herself, wandering around carrying a butcher knife and making religious pronouncements, telling people such things as “God will smite you.”

Her husband, meanwhile, had been going out dressed in women’s clothing, makeup and jewelry, neighbors told reporters.

The judge scheduled a readiness conference for Dec. 3 and a preliminary hearing for Dec. 5.



26 Comments to “DA: Man cooked wife’s body parts”

    Anana said:
    November 21, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    So sad, but this story has something for everyone. Celebrity name, Dexter-style workshop, Fatal Attraction-inspired recipe, cross dressing and doomsday proclamations.

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    November 21, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Add to that, stripping, and a social commentary on how the food stamp program isn't covering enough people.

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    November 21, 2012 at 2:50 PM

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      Rotunjit said:
      November 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      Yes he does.

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    November 22, 2012 at 4:19 AM

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      November 26, 2012 at 7:08 AM

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    Bruceski007 said:
    November 23, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Just when you think you have heard it all a story like this comes along and just blows you away. Know I understand why my younger Brother don't listen to or read the new,

    pedantic said:
    November 23, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    that is nasty – It is the end. Disgusting all-around story. go to he//

    natash said:
    November 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    omg that is just wrong all the way around its very obvious he didnt have any respect for her in life or death it was bad enough that he killed her but did he really have to dismember her body and cook her remains thats just disguisting hes going to pay for that here in this life and in the next life sad my heart goes out to her family and his family because now his family have to live with the shame of what he has done to his wife

    Catherine Clay said:
    November 23, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    you know… I used to pray, before brain surgery *lite*, I have an incurable brain tumor, the kind you actually get to survive with called an Arachnoid “Cyst”, that my husband would be *this* kind for me but now post op I don’t know how delicious I would taste. pity…

    Ziggy said:
    November 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Gosh, what an exciting neighborhood!

    John said:
    November 24, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    What do you mean he will pay for it in the after life? All he has to do is ask for forgivenes right?

    Guest said:
    November 24, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    Wow, you people are really dumb-asses. Except for you, "Ziggy." Your comment about it being an exciting neighborhood was hilarious. It sounds like both parties, the husband and his wife, were having severe mental issues (whether a mental disorder could be diagnosed or whether there was dementia from elderly age involved is beyond me). As for the man cross-dressing, there is little in the literature to support transvestitism and violence. It sounds like a fetishistic crime, and one he committed on his wife, probably realizing that finding a total stranger, as men in these types of cases often do, was not a good option, as he was elderly and could have easily been fought off by a younger, unwilling participant. As for the dismemberment and cooking of her flesh, it could be a sign of psychosis, or an act of rage against his wife – the ultimate "fuck you!"

    Olderm3 said:
    November 24, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    OMG..this man is only 68 years old, I am older then him, and I would never kill or cook anyone. He has to have mental problems, normal people would never even think of doing this. Why are we all strangers. Where I live everyone watches out for each other. We know when someone is not around, and we question where the person is…yes we are a bunch of busy bodies..but we all feel safer.

    Jonus Berg said:
    November 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Maybe he just had a hankerin to eat some punani and she said no, so he ate her anyway and then had to eat her ass to get the taste out of his mouth.

    May said:
    November 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    I feel sorry for this couple. No children to take care of them, no neighbours to report the weird things they have seen of the wife's strange behaviour. I mean tow old people behaving weird weird weird and nobody care enough to report this old couple. They could have suffered old age transformation and didn't know what they were doing. It's sad. Perhaps one day some of those who laugh at this story and accuse the husband for being a cruel murderer will experience that sad moment in their lives too. No one can guaranttee you won't behave weird when you get into that stage of life that we all have to go thru.

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    November 26, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    Ed Gein is reborned

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    Marcus Rodriguez said:
    March 3, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    It looks like both of them could've used professional help. It's just really tragic things had to end this way though for Ms. Faris.

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