BURLINGTON, Ky. –Three men charged with torturing, kidnapping, killing and dismembering a 19-year-old alleged drug dealer told deputies they wanted to “rid the world of the evil in it.”
On Sunday, the sister of 19-year-old Daniel Delfin called authorities to report him missing. While police where investigating the suspected heroin dealer’s whereabouts, they received a tip that three men, Jeffrey Allen, 21, Anthony Baumgartner, 23, and Stephen Harkness, 22, had murdered Delfin.
The men were picked up by police and brought in for questioning. After a little while, all three of the former Marines began talking and told police what had happened to the missing teen, and why. The trio admitted they had murdered Delfin because the teen was a drug dealer and they were trying to rid the world of evil.
“They were going to rid the world, perhaps one person at a time, of the evil in it,” said Tom Scheben, a spokesman for the Boone County Sheriff’s office. According to Scheben, the men had been planning to kidnap and kill a drug dealer then continue to move up the chain in a DEATH WISH fashion.
“They would continue to go down the line of finding the drug dealers and assaulting them and gathering information out of them to continue to go up the ladder,” Detective Jeremy Rosing said.
Allen chose Delfin because he was a known drug dealer in the area and was on probation after being convicted of selling heroin near Walton-Verona High School. The plan was to force Delfin to reveal the name of his supplier before killing him, then go after the supplier.
So on Jan 9, the three men picked up Delfin at his home pretending to be potential customers. Harkness drove with Baumgartner in the passenger seat. Allen was in the back with Delfin when he “proceeded to physically assault Daniel Delfin with his fist, choking and with a metal bar,” Det. Rosing said.
“He continued to assault Daniel through the drive as Daniel was fighting to get away, asking him who he was, why this was happening, kicking the windows and kicking the doors open at which time they kept him inside the car.”
By time they got to a field near the home of Allen’s mother, Delfin was unconscious and snoring as if he was suffering from a severe head injury. The men pulled Delfin out of the car and beat on him some more.
“Mr. Allen slit his throat and stabbed him underneath the rib cage up into the heart and twisted the knife and pulled out,” Det. Rosing stated.
“They bound Mr. Delfin and then drug him back into the field at which time they rolled the body down the hill, and placed him in a bunch of brush and covered his body and then left.”
Over the next several days, the men would return to the field to dismember Delfin’s with a machete, and possibly a reciprocating saw. Allen said Delfin’s legs and torso was still in the field but that his head, feet and arms were tossed in a dumpster behind a Super 8 Motel.
Police went out to the field and found Delfin’s torso, just as Allen said they would, but the body parts that were disposed of in the dumpster have yet to be recovered. Investigators do not need the missing body parts to make a positive identification as the torso had a tattoo Delfin was known to have, but had hoped to recover Delfin’s entire body to help provide some closure for his family.
All three suspects have been charged with murder, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. They are being held at the Boone County Jail without bail and are all facing the death penalty.