July 17, 2012

Henry Baxter - Jailed After Beheading Father Over Sordid Love Triangle With Father's Wife

Nashville, Tennessee (The Weekly Vice) - Henry James Baxter, a 37-year-old Nashville man was jailed Friday after he allegedly murdered and then beheaded his 48-year-old adoptive father.

According to Nashville police, a the headless body of 48-year-old Ernan Thompson was found by a postal worker who was on his lunch break Thursday afternoon.

The man's body was found in field near the victim's home, while the head was discovered inside a garbage can in an ally behind his house.

Baxter told investigators that he decided to kill his father after an argument broke out between them over Thompson's wife. Baxter lived with Thompson along with Thompson's wife and three children.

Baxter reportedly told investigators that he shot his father in the head and then initially stored the body in a trash can behind his home. Baxter then used a shovel to decapitate Thompson the next day.

The victim's wife, who has children with both men, told police that she knew about the murder several days before the body was discovered, but was too scared to call authorities.

She showed news reporters a spot in the backyard where Baxter attempted to dig a grave, but the ground was too hard. She claimed that she didn't have anything to do with the murder, and that she loved her husband despite their ups and downs. She claimed that she was not at home when her husband was murdered, but her three children were.

Baxter was booked into the Metro Jail and charged with criminal homicide. He is currently being held in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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