As far as murders go; this is about as bizarre as they come this month at least. News reports coming out of Massachusetts say that a man has been arrested for having killed his own father in a pond in an attempt to exorcise his alcoholic dad’s demons through baptism.
In the police reports, it was stated that Jack Callahan (aged 19) was arrested on Monday hours after his mother had called the Duxbury police at 2 in the morning to report that her son came home and claimed his father, Scott Callahan (aged 57) was missing.
According to his mother, Wendy Callahan, her son arrived in wet clothes and told his mother that he claimed that he didn’t know where her ex-husband was despite the fact that the two were riding in an Uber together from Boston to Duxbury. But when questioned by the police, Jack initially claimed he had blacked out when his father allegedly hit him several times at Crooker Memorial Park. As investigators traced their route, they were able to find Scott Callahan’s body in Island Creek Pond where they tried to rush him to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead. An autopsy on the body found water inside his lungs, and an abrasion to the back of his head.
Plymouth County District Attorney Shanan Buckingham said in court Tuesday that the son believed he was baptizing his father, in order to “exorcise” him of a demon named “Dirty Dan”. That the son said he gave his dad a choice to go to heaven with him, or hell as they were both in the pond.
By order of the judge overseeing his case, he ordered Callahan held without bail on the murder charge during his arraignment.