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Oceanside, CA – A 68-year-old cross-dresser is behind bars after police accused him of killing and dismembering his 74-year-old wife inside the couple’s home.

Neighbors say that a foul odor emanating from the home of Frederick Hengl and his wife, Anna Maria Hengl, became so bad that they called police to report it. Police would not find Frederick at home, but they would find Anna’s dismembered body. Frederick was found by police on Friday outside a bar in downtown Oceanside. He was questioned by police and then booked into jail on a first-degree murder charge.

The couple are a strange fixture in their neighborhood, with many who live there reporting odd behavior from the couple. Frederick could regularly be seen walking around the neighborhood dressed in women’s clothing.

“The husband is actually known for dressing up like a woman and walking around the neighborhood. It’s just a permanent fixture, I guess. It doesn’t freak us out anymore,” said resident Jason Chandler. Another neighbor said he had saw the man around the neighborhood wearing a floor-length purple dress and a long pearl necklace with pearl earrings, and carrying a fancy purse.

Anna wasn’t much better. In fact, she’s the reason why some residents would not let their kids play outside. They say that over the last few months, her behavior had become increasingly bizarre and hostile.

“She’d stand there, feed the birds, talk to folks walking by and her pants would fall; she didn’t seem to notice, ever.”  One neighbor said. “My neighbor was just telling me she’d chase her down the street with a knife or she’d have her clothes off, pants down; you could tell she was a little bit out of it.” said another.

Police say that Frederick tried to dispose of some of the body parts around the neighborhood in area dumpsters. One person said that one of Anna’s arms was found in a dumpster two streets away and that her head was in the cellar of the couple’s home.

“The man was taking his trash cans back and forth, usually gets picked up in the alley, the trash man, you know.  He’s been going around the block, up and around, taking pieces of her and putting them in the trash; going around the block?  I don’t know.” said resident Erick Chavez .

Neighbors say they have not seen Anna around the neighborhood in the last few weeks and started smelling the rotting odor within the last week. Other’s describe hearing power tools being used inside the home within that time frame, but just figured it was someone working in their garage.

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  • newstarshipsmell

    Anna wasn’t much better.

    Maybe people will disagree with me, but I’d take a cross-dressing neighbor who merely wanders about over a crazed, knife-wielding pantsless grannie any day of the week.

  • Clyde The Dog

    He loved her to pieces.
    I think this neighborhood sounds fun, without the murder, dismemberment, and decapitation, that is.

  • Abroad

    Word! Sounds like he may have done the neighbourhood a favour, disposing of her before she disposed of one of them!

  • daMonBrooks

    While I like my women randomly pantless, The knife wielding thing is a major turn off. Maybe next life time Anna

  • JohnQknowitall

    Gosh darn it! Now who the heck is gonna cook the turkey this year?

  • Evan Oswald

    total day maker, right here boooiiiiii

  • brandi

    he’ll dress up as her and cook it probably. with her out of the way her clothes are free game

  • JohnQknowitall

    Free game? That’s foul!!!

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Dismember by her cross-dressing husband. What was her crime-leaving the seat up?

  • CT

    Define fancy purse.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    What the hell do you have to do in this neighborhood before people will be like, “Hey, you know, maybe we should call social services to check in on the crazy pants-less lady and her dress-wearing hubs?”

  • LeaveMeBe

    I dunno. It sounds like in the end he was way more dangerous than she was.

  • LeaveMeBe

    It had tassles, glitter and sequins.

  • newstarshipsmell

    It sounds like she was partial to wearing pants. I’m guessing her dresses and skirts were already fair game.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Just because I suck, I’m going to mention meat wallets, in conjunction with your purse discussion. You’re welcome.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Or she kept replacing the TP rolls the “wrong” way.

  • newstarshipsmell

    She was only less dangerous because it’s hard to shuffle after limber young ‘uns with your pants around your ankles.

  • Clyde The Dog

    It was eating shrip cocktail?

  • Clyde The Dog

    I keep thinking this guy was dressed up like a 70′s era Phylis Diller…and she was more of a Bea Arthur.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    “taking pieces of her and putting them in the trash; going around the block?”

    At 65, he decided to leave the cold Whovillian winters and move to Oceanside, CA, He opened his trash can.

    “Grinch: How could it be so?
    It came without ribbons!
    It came without tags!
    It came without packages, boxes, or bags!

    Narrator: And he puzzled and puzzed, till his puzzler was sore.
    Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
    “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
    Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.”

  • Abroad

    What exactly are you sucking?

  • brandi

    thanks for catching that i thought it was a failed attempt at puns 101

  • Sam

    It sounds like she had plenty of practice though. Surely at some point she should have figured out how to use the elastic to propel her forward?

  • newstarshipsmell


  • Sam

    I guess some diva’s just don’t handle another woman turning up in the same outfit as them very well.

  • LuvsHorror

    We have a guy around here who walks his dog while wearing a mini skirt, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat. Kinda got used to it.

  • Matt Ryals

    this man was a long time fixture in oceanside and the surrounding area i used to see him on the trolly thing and the bus all the time

  • Bobbi

    I live a block away from him and for the past two years he has been inviting me over to play chess. Glad I didn’t go. Funny thing I only knew him dressed as a woman and by a different name, I think he is a multiple personality.

  • wastintime

    In my neighborhood, cross dressing is nothing new. Come to think about it, the occasionally naked knife welding person is not much of a shocker. After all, we did have a guy arrested for having sexy fun time with a teddy bear. Right behind the health clinic.

  • Renee Gatt

    Your house has to smell like rotting flesh.

  • Sam

    Well… I suppose it could be classed as safe sex? ;)

  • CT

    This cracked me up big time.

    I am totally dating myself with this one – but does anyone remember those shrimp cocktails that came in the small glass cup with cocktail sauce in it with the lid? Do they make them anymore?

  • CT

    Tassles – that just started a whole lot of bad mental images. Damn, my mind went everywhere for some reason on this one.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Is it also playing really bad 80′s porno music? Thought so.

  • CT

    Bow, chicka, bow, wow…

  • Clyde The Dog

    Go me!
    I do, it was a hefty serving of cocktail sauce with like 3 baby questionable baby shrimp in it… what the fuck do you need all that red shit in there for?

  • CT

    And you popped the top with a beer opener. Memories, like the corners of my mind.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Yeah. It’s stuck in mine now, too.

  • kimbev69

    maybe he was poisoning her

  • Reen B

    I do! I was just thinking about them the other day. We used the containers for juice glasses afterward. Pretty vile, those things were.

  • CT

    Same here. We were high class!

  • Califboy

    It was reported she was hot and all the neighborhood men wanted a “piece “of her…….

  • Califboy

    Healthy sex is good for ya!!!

  • Califboy

    yep they do!!!

  • myironlung

    That’s my hometown, nothing surprises us anymore. You gotta be like super weird, all kinds of fucked up, eating dog shit off the sidewalk crazy to get our attention. We usually just cross the street before we actually have to look these colorful people in the eye. I like that they found him outside a bar, possibly celebrating?

  • salad

    what do you expect from california. every year 55 wasted electoral votes.

  • midniteshadows

    It camouflaged the questionable baby shrimp. :)

  • midniteshadows

    Consider me dated.

  • kimbev69


  • JGo555

    What. The Fuck?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    My condolences.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    You would think there’d be a few tip-offs before then.

  • Dakota Valkyrie

    He didn’t need her around to cook Thanksgiving dinner. It looks like he was pretty handy in the kitchen himself:

    A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty to murder on Wednesday, five days after police found his wife’s severed head in the freezer and her body parts cooking on the stove of their Oceanside home.

    A Vista Superior Court judge ordered Frederick Joseph Hengl to remain jailed on $5 million bail.

    The first officer who entered the home through a window saw three pans of “meat” cooking on the stove, and authorities later realized it was parts of the victim, said Deputy District Attorney Katherine Flaherty.

    “There is no evidence of cannibalism at this time,” Flaherty said.

    Officers, believing no one was home, crawled through the window to check on the well-being of Hengl’s wife, and then spotted cooking meat, Flaherty said.

    Police caught up with Hengl after he was spotted at a nearby bar, Flaherty said.

    After speaking with Hengl, police “put two and two together” and realized he had been dismembering his wife’s body, Flaherty said.

    Investigators found Faris’ head in a plastic bag inside the freezer, as well as a meat grinder “currently in use,” she said.

    “They also found a work area set up in the bathroom, with saws, a boning knife and other cutting instruments,” she said.

    Numerous pieces of freshly cut bone were found around the home.

  • Mary Mahi Mahi

    You mean the police not Social Services Heather unless you think giving the wife some food stamps will help her. Then again even committing the wife under the Baker Act or arresting her for indecent exposure who was unstable before getting dismembered by her cross dressing husband she’d be out in less than 72 hours why bother?

  • Mary Mahi Mahi

    I guess it just depends Bobbi are you male or female ‘cos if you’re male I guess he was hitting on you. Nothing like getting to know your neighbors I think if I lived there Bobbi I wouldn’t admit to that no matter what. Chess anyone?

  • newstarshipsmell

    So… what was he going to use for the stuffing?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    She’s elderly. They check on elderly people, through SS.

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