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Karly Rayner

It's a well known movie trope that werewolves and vampires don't really see eye-to-eye, but who knew that their centuries old conflict could somehow seep into the fabric of real-life.

A mentally ill man who believes he transforms into a werewolf and "holds the spirit of the wolf" is currently on trial in Southern California after shooting his neighbor, who he claims he believed was a vampire.

Mark Andrews, 51, is pleading not guilty to shooting Coleen Barga-Milbury, 52, by reason of insanity.

Mark Andrews in his police mug shot
Mark Andrews in his police mug shot

Colleen Barga-Millbury was shot twice by Andrews with a 30-30 rifle in 2013 when she answered her door to her neighbor. They had lived on the same road for 20 years.

According to Forensic psychologist Carolyn Murphy, Andrews suffers from schizophrenia and lives in a world swamped with fixed delusions, which are defined as false beliefs that continue consistently over time.

The first record of Andrews believing he was a werewolf dates to 1996 and Murphy told the courts that:

He believes he transforms into a werewolf and holds the spirit of the wolf.

Murphy also explained to the courts that Andrews believed the voice of God commanded him to kill Barga-Milbury, who he believed was an ungodly vampire.

In 2009, according to past court records, Andrews also believed a different female neighbor was a vampire. Andrews left mounds of dirt and flour at her door to ward off her evil energy and once pounded on her door, calling her a "bitch," though, thankfully, she didn't answer.

Is Twilight to Blame?

Court records also claim that Andrews had been watching the Twilight movies before he launched his 2009 campaign of harassment and they might have helped reignite his werewolf based delusions.

UPDATE: Andrews Found Guilty of Murder

Colleen Barga-Millbury, the victim
Colleen Barga-Millbury, the victim

Andrews has been found guilty of murder, despite the fragile state of his mental health and the fact he was not taking his medication at the time of the murder.

Andrews' defense attorney IIan Funke-Bilu has issued the following statement to the local radio station KSBY:

I'm disappointed. Mark is a very sick man and when I told the jury I believed he wasn't a murderer I believe that. I think we have a long way to go as a society to understand how sick some people are - that they can kill and yet at the same time not be held responsible. That's something for a lot of people a very difficult concept to grasp.

Next week, the trial will continue to determine if Andrews was insane at the time of the killing.

(Source: The Tribune, The Huffington Post, io9)


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