Mentally ill husband beat his 92-year-old father to death because he thought he was a vampire in prison
Mentally ill man who beat his 92-year-old father to death for believing he was a vampire is sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison
- Douglas Novak said that in 2018 he fatally defeated his 92-year-old father because he thought his father was a vampire
- Novak was sentenced to 10 to 30 years’ imprisonment
- Novak had pleaded guilty but mentally ill in November for murder, arson, reckless danger and risk of catastrophe
- The court heard how he beat his father Frank Novak with the wooden arm of a dining room chair
- Then a fire started when candles used as part of a vampire ritual burned on the floor
- Prosecutors contested those allegations, saying Novak told police he beat his father because the older man was hiding his phone
Douglas Novak said he fatally beat his 92-year-old father in their home in 2018 because he believed his father was a vampire. He was sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison
A man who says he fatally beat his 92-year-old father in their house because he thought his father was a vampire has been sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison.
Douglas Novak of Pennsylvania pleaded guilty but mentally ill last November for third-degree murder, arson, reckless danger and risk of catastrophe.
Authorities have said that he killed Frank Novak with the wooden arm of a dining room chair. Then he dragged him under a shower and then to a bed.
The Novaks were found two days later when police responded to a fire at their Hempfield home.
An autopsy revealed that the older Novak died of complications from blunt trauma to the head, trunk and extremities.
Authorities have said the fire started when candles used as part of a vampire ritual burned to the ground.
During Thursday’s sentencing, Douglas Novak’s lawyer said on Thursday that his client was no longer on medication when he attacked his father.
He also said that Novak stayed with his father for the next two days because he wanted to kill him when he woke up by putting a stake through his heart.
“He believed he killed a vampire. He was next to his father for two days after the beating to kill him when he wakes up – to put a stick in his heart – because we all know you’re killing a vampire like that, “said attorney Brian Aston at the hearing from Novak.
Novak had pleaded guilty but mentally ill in November for murder, arson, reckless danger and risk of catastrophe
Prosecutors contested those allegations, saying Novak told police that he beat his father because the older man was hiding his phone.
Assistant prosecutor Leo Ciaramitaro said Novak’s confession to the police contained the real reason for the murder.
The vampire story was only part of his statement. He also said he beat his father for hiding his phone, “said Ciaramitaro.
Novak was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and was treated at Torrance State Hospital for five months before he was found able to stand trial last year.
Novak said on Thursday that he accidentally stopped his medication and never intended to kill his father, whom he described as his greatest supporter in his fight against mental illness.
“I loved my father with all my heart. He was really my hero, ”said Novak.
Douglas Novak’s mental illness was so severe that he killed his father and believed the 92-year-old Hempfield man was a vampire who had to be stabbed to kill him, his lawyer told a judge on Thursday.
Novak’s sister, Natalie Shannon, expressed her fun on Facebook during her brother’s prison
Shannon posted on Facebook explaining how her brother had mental health issues
His sister, Natalie Shannon, told the judge that her brother had a violent relationship with their parents and would routinely ignore medical advice regarding his psychological diagnosis.
Sister, Natalie said she wanted Novak behind bars for the rest of his life
She said she wanted Novak behind bars for the rest of his life.
Shannon also shared her feelings on Facebook, saying she was happy with the phrase.
“My brother Doug Novak,” to mix up his medicines “is a lie! He always got off his meds. You can ask anyone who really knew him. His ex-girlfriends. You know who you are. There are many people who saw my brother’s violent side. My brother took advantage of my parents for a long time. He took money from them.
“The reason why Doug didn’t have a jury trial for long is because the truth would come out. If he had decided on a jury trial, he would certainly have gotten life in prison. I have been silent about my brother for a long time and what happened. I will not be silent anymore. I am happy with the sentence of 10 to 30 years. ‘
Novak is allowed to serve part of his sentence in a mental health facility and is transferred to a state prison once acquitted by medical professionals, according to TribLive.