A serial killer in the making who tried to slaughter a man she met on Craigslist in the hopes of eating his heart has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, with her defense team blaming the homicidal episode on the culprit not taking her medication.
Amy Brown, 24, set up an encounter with an unsuspecting 29-year-old man at a motel in Lynnwood, Washington, with the intention of committing her first of multiple murders. She pleaded guilty last month to stabbing the man in the chest; she would have killed him had he not fled the motel room and sought help.
Once in police custody, Brown confessed that she was going to leave a note on her victim’s body warning authorities that she would kill again. She also acknowledged her desire to cut the man’s heart from his chest and eat it.
“I am not often at a loss for words, but this case leaves me almost speechless,” said Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Michael Downes on Tuesday, My Edmonds News reported. “It is cruel, bizarre and beyond the pale in terms of how humans treat each other. Your behavior is anathema, and not tolerated in a civilized society. This is not a situation where a low-end sentence is appropriate.”
While Brown’s lawyers argued that she suffered from mental health issues that flared up when she stopped taking her medication prior to the January attack, prosecutors found an 18-year sentence to be an adequate fit for the crime.
Brown’s mother tried to ask the judge for a lesser sentence, exclaiming: “this was not my daughter.” But Downes found that “it was indeed Amy on that night” who made the “cruel and conscious decision to kill this guy.”
In an apologetic letter written to the victim and obtained by the Everett Herald, Brown compared herself to “a cancer that needs to be removed from the whole” for not adhering to the law.
“My character, or so I’d like to believe it to be, is one of benevolence,” she wrote.