An Illinois man beat his grandmother to death with kitchen utensils last Tuesday and then told his therapist about his plans before he killed himself, cops said on Wednesday. Paul Reygenberg, 55, of Chicago’s North Austin neighborhood, was found by police with a 39-inch kitchen knife in his chest, a 66-inch kitchen knife in his shoulder and a 43-inch kitchen knife in his hip on July 3. Reygenberg lived with his grandmother in an apartment complex that houses Chicago public housing. Police say that Reygenberg had several previous arrests — including a felony conviction for attempted robbery and a domestic battery conviction — but that they never believed he would attack her. The gruesome slayings began when Reygenberg’s grandmother was called to investigate a foul smell and found the house unoccupied, police said. He emerged from the house with four kitchen knives, went downstairs and threatened her with one of the weapons, police said. He also bit her. The 75-year-old grandmother fled down the stairs and hid in the bathroom, where she suffered multiple skull fractures and a spinal injury.
Her grandson followed her down the stairs and tried to kill her again, but his grandmother grabbed the kitchen knife and escaped, leaving the house, and police officers responding to the cries for help found the scene horrific. The grandmother was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
From there, police spoke with Reygenberg’s grandmother and her doctor. Reygenberg was known to his doctor to regularly talk about his violent tendencies. According to the Chicago Tribune, doctors at the psychiatric hospital where Reygenberg had gone the day of the killing wrote that he was “lucid and well-adjusted” after spending six days there for treatment. In that time, the doctors wrote, he had “exhibited aggression toward his mother.” They also noted that “the last time he exhibited any thought of committing violence was 4 months ago.”
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