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A year before Alex Fraser was found stabbed to death in a London hotel room, James McCullough was talking about someone.
McCullough, 22, on trial for first degree murder in Fraser grisly death, met with psychiatric nurse Brendan Carmichael on Sept. 26, 2012, as part of an early psychosis intervention program in Orangeville aimed at people who may have experienced a first psychotic event.
McCullough talked about need to eliminate celebrities, Carmichael, testifying at McCullough first degree murder trial, said, reading from his clinic notes.
The conversation continued. McCullough talked about a specific celebrity and wanted slay this person as a sacrifice, as an offering to God. told Carmichael he cats before, three of them, in forests. He cut one of them open and was fascinated by their insides.
And he said he thought about doing the same thing to a human and the flesh. you eat someone you take on their traits. You get their good qualities and their muscles, he told Carmichael, but added he wasn planning to do it, that it was a fantasy and if he did do such a crime he would have a problem with government. horrifying as the McCullough trial has been over the last two weeks at the London courthouse, his conversation with Carmichael that was presented to the jury Wednesday was deeply shocking.
McCullough has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and offering an indignity to a dead body.
Fraser, 20, also from Orangeville, was found dead in a Travelodge hotel room in south London on Sept. 8, 2013.
He had been stabbed 29 times and his body cut into pieces and placed into two hockey duffel bags.
Carmichael was the last Crown witness. Assistant Crown attorney Meredith Gardiner closed her case at the end of Wednesday
Carmichael continued in his testimony to describe how, at a December 2012 meeting after McCullough was out of the early intervention program, McCullough told him he some of the things he said to a psychiatrist.
He told Carmichael that he would start on a topic and it in his mind like it actually happened but it didn cross examination, defence lawyer Lynda Lamb went farther into the clinical notes with Carmichael.
McCullough told the nurse he hadn really killed three cats, just one. He told Carmichael that he needed be serious and honest when he talked to adults, especially doctors. he told the nurse, he felt useless and small and would take on a personality and try to make himself out to be bad ass to protect his ego and to keep others out.
Carmichael last meeting with McCullough was on March 25, 2013, when McCullough was in the adult program he was out of the original program within a couple of weeks of his admittance in September 2012 and had agreed to be linked up with a mental health case worker.
Carmichael also said he had given McCullough forms to apply for an Ontario disability pension.
Superior Court Justice Renee Pomerance cautioned the jury about the use of the statement and that there was no firm evidence that McCullough killed any animals. She reminded them McCullough said he would exaggerate some of his claims.
issue of if he ever hurt cats is irrelevant, she said, and the statements shouldn be used as evidence that he is a of bad character. jury also heard more from now retired London police officer Andrew Gradkowski, who began his evidence Tuesday and showed photographs Wednesday of the hotel room, where at initial glance only seemed to have a few drops of blood in it.
Gradkowski, a blood spatter expert, described how he sprayed Luminol, the chemical agent used to look for traces of blood evidence.
Luminol, when it comes into contact with blood, lights up in blue. And the bathtub was essentially a blood bath.
my 24 years of doing this, I have never lit up an entire room with a reaction, Gradkowski testified.
the best reaction I seen in 24 years. That indicates to me there was a significant amount of blood in the room. reviewed 17 conclusions from his investigation.
There were areas in the bedroom part of the hotel room where the blood had saturated through the carpet and the underpad onto the concrete floor. None of that blood was visible on top of the carpet, indicating that it had been cleaned up.
But most shocking was the bathroom, where the Luminol reactions were photographed, showing that there was blood all over the floor, under the sink, in and around the toilet and especially in the bathtub.
Gradkowski said he found Fraser blood on McCullough black Adidas running shoes and socks. There was blood in the crevices of a knife sharpener found in a knapsack in the hotel room and the knife found in the duffel bag containing some of Fraser body parts.