Jackson, MI– Since the decapitated body of 59 year-old Shirley Meeks was found in her Reed Manor apartment on Saturday, police have arrested her neighbor and information has come to light concerning a man that may be as deeply troubled as he is intelligent… and who is certainly as fascinating as anything on television.
Meeks was found in her apartment by her neighbors. There were signs of forced entry and blood all over the walls. Reports now indicate that her head had been removed.
Pictured for your enjoyment is 46 year-old Leo Joseph Kwaske. If he looks a tad effeminate in his mugshot, it may have something to do with the fact that when police arrested him, Kwaske was dressed as a woman. I mention this not because we here at the DD are hate-mongers or homophobes (as members of another website may or may not have suggested- thanks for the hits, at least) but because it took me a good 20 minutes to realize this was not a picture of the victim. If he looks a tad insane, it may have something to do with the fact that he is.
It appears he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and paranoia in 2009 after refusing to leave his apartment despite an eviction notice. Police had to remove him from the property. They found him in the tub with a knife to his chest, claiming to have information about the CIA and terrorists.
If I may, I’d like to raise a hand and ask a question: why is it always the goddamned CIA with these people? There are plenty of other governmental acronyms to choose from that make you sound less crazy. The Bureau of Knives in Bathtubs (BKB), for example.
As it turns out, Kwaske has been acting like a kook since well before that. In 2003 he was forcibly committed after he moved in with his mother from Oregon to escape the people he worked with, claiming they were witches and satanists. Unfortunately, there were witches and satanists in his mother’s neighborhood as well. They only action to be taken was to roam the streets at night and leave pennies on their doorsteps. I’m curious as to what the significance of leaving pennies is, even if it’s just something he made up. Being both a witch and a satanist, all I’d think was ‘Ooh! A penny!’ and about how I’m not really either of those things.
The penny thing comes back into play. In his court file is a letter he typed in 2004 asking that the child support balanced he still owed the mother of his now 28 year-old daughter be cleared. He suggested the court base the decision on “heart decision, mind planning and power doing.” I’m not sure I could use the phrase ‘power doing’ in any context other than chasing a Viagra with seven Red Bulls, but even stranger is what accompanied the letter: taped to the page was a single penny, with the words “Godhead ideals be done!” written in ink.
Also in his court file, from the same case, is a copy of his resume. Kwaske earned an associate’s degree from Michigan Technological University in 1987 and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering technology from Purdue in 1989. He was an honors student and worked at both colleges as an electronics technician. Clearly, the man is no dummy.
As for Meeks, her family describes her as a caring former teacher who, despite keeping to herself in recent years, still made clothes and other items with her sewing machine as gifts for her family. She suffered similar mental health issues to those Kwaske did, believing that people were trying to kill her… she was right at least once. Despite this, they say she was not confrontational or violent. Police have no reason to believe her and Kwaske had any other relationship aside from being neighbors. His still-breathing neighbors described Kwaske as a quiet man who kept to himself.
At his arraignment, Kwaske was less than cooperative. Court officials were forced to pull him out of his seat to stand before the judge, to whom Kwaske never so much as batted an eyelash at. Don’t believe me? Watch the video. The judge ordered a mental evaluation for Kwaske, who appeared in court with pink-painted toenails to compliment his shiny new bracelets. Such an evaluation can take months, so it may be awhile before we hear anything. As of now, though, Kwaske still faces three felony charges: murder, mutilation and home invasion. You can read more about the case here.Tags: Home Invasion, Leo Kwaske, Mississippi, Murder, Mutilation, Shirley Meeks