Apparently bath salts were involved. Robert William White, 20, was arrested in Greendale, California after his ingestion of bath salt-infused soda helped him come to the conclusion that he was an alien being with a direct line to Jesus and needed to kill a 77 year old woman. Initially the shovel had been used in an attempt to kill birds but once the woman told him to stop, witnesses say, he hit her over the head with it.
White then made off into his nearby apartment building, where he was holed up for around an hour, before police used a key to enter the flat and subdue and arrest him.
“He seemed completely out of sorts,” Northwest Glendale Police Lt. Bruce Fox told the Glendale News.
White was screaming incoherently and “not following orders,” he added. He also allegedly swung twice at an officer, but his punches were blocked.
The woman, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.
That’s good, at least. Hell of a shock for her, though. I can’t imagine what it must be like for White, to need a hit so bad that bath salts seem like a good way to get it.