Man Accused of Decapitating Landlord with Samurai Sword After Rent Dispute

The day before he was found dead, Victor King went to police to tell them he was allegedly being threatened

Jerry Thompson, Victor King
Photo: Hartford Police Department; Facebook

A Connecticut man is accused of cutting his landlord's head off with a samurai sword in a dispute over rent payment.

Jerry David Thompson is charged with murder for the alleged beheading of Victor King, who rented him a room in his Hartford home, according to jail records obtained by PEOPLE.

Thompson is being held behind bars in lieu of a $2 million bail after appearing in court on Tuesday and refusing to speak, the Daily Beast, the New Haven Register and Hartford Courant report.

The pair had been arguing about Thompson not paying rent when he allegedly threatened King with a samurai sword, according to an arrest warrant. King then went to police to tell them about the alleged threat.

The following day, King, 64, was found dead by responding police when friends requested a welfare check. King's body was badly slashed and covered in bloody bedding.

“He was one of the good guys,” King’s cousin, Jim Banks, told the Courant. “One that would never hurt a soul. One that would always reach out and help others. He was pleasant as can be. Always seemed to be happy. He was just a joy to be around.”

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Authorities were able to locate Thompson, who refused to speak with police during questioning— only writing on a piece of paper, “paper in glove compart in Jeep is all you need.”

In the glove compartment, police found a piece of paper suggesting Thompson believed himself to be a sovereign citizen. Following his arrest, Thompson refused to speak with a public defendant at his arraignment Tuesday. It is unclear whether he has an attorney to comment on his behalf.

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