Food Truck Owner: The Devil Made Me Barbecue The Family Dog
Arizona police say they took a food truck owner into custody for cooking the family dog in his smoker, all because he didn't like his teenage daughter's t-shirt. Yes, really.
Patrick Zane Thompson, the 42-year-old owner of Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ, a food truck catering service, reportedly confessed to sacrificing the family dog after officers arrived at the scene and found him lying on the sidewalk speaking incoherently, according to KPHO/KTVK.
After Thompson saw his 17-year-old daughter wearing a shirt that he believed had to do with the devil, he made his daughter remove the shirt and watch him burn it in the barbeque smoker in their side yard.
But Thompson's family said that he became more and more erratic when he went back into the house, telling his whole family that he needed to sacrifice a male. It had to be either himself, his firstborn son who is six years old, or the family dog. The family tried to escape, but Thompson managed to grab the 15-pound white toy poodle.
And it only gets worse from there.
According to police, Thompson ignored his family's desperate and repeated pleas not to hurt the dog. He broke the canine's neck and strangled it until it "could not breathe." He later told police that he had to complete the sacrifice by throwing the family pet into a "lake of fire" and placed the dog in the heating portion of the smoker.
Once police arrived, they found an open flame that firefighters had to put out. In the smoker, they found the remains of the dog.
Thompson reportedly told police that he had smoked marijuana during the day and was having an "episode" involving a vision that God was going to kill him and he needed to provide a male sacrifice.
Police say that Thompson's wife of 21 years asked them to charge the man, who will be held on at least $100,000 bail.