A Florida couple was murdered at random by a 19-year-old Florida State University student who has been dubbed in the media as “Cannibal frat boy.” The name stems from the fact that police found the teen gnawing on one of the victim’s faces when they arrived. It took four police officers, a stun gun, and a K-9 officer to pry Austin Harrouff from the victim with police noting the teen was “abnormally strong” and unaffected by the stun gun.
While toxicology reports came back negative, police fear the teen may have been on flakka, but a fellow FSU student says Harrouff was not using flakka but instead was suffering from severe “roid rage,” as the teen was believed to have a steroid dependency.
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The Daily Mail reports that Austin Harrouff got into an argument with his father while eating at a sports bar with his parents before getting so irritated, presumably over slow food service, that he left the restaurant on foot. He would walk four miles towards his father’s house before randomly turning on the street where John Stevens II, 59, and his 53-year-old wife, Michelle Mischon, were sitting in their garage with the door open. The teen, for reasons completely unknown, then violently attacked the couple, beating Michelle to death and killing Stevens with a knife.
Prior to the violent murders, Harrouff was reportedly a normal teen whose former football coaches say was so laid back they would try to get him mad before games so he would be more aggressive. Despite their attempts, the coaches say the tactics didn’t work, and they were never able to anger the teen that the coaches say couldn’t even “hurt a fly.” However, something drastic changed between high school and college, with acquaintances of Harrouff noting the teen got drastically bigger in size his freshman year of college with many believing he was using steroids to obtain his new physique.
An anonymous acquaintance of Harrouff told the Daily Mail that he believes the attack on the random couple was the result of “bad, bad roid rage.”
“I don’t think it was flakka or any sort of hallucinogen. I just think that this kid had a steroids dependency and had a bad, bad roid rage that night. I can anonymously attest that this guy had gotten bigger and bigger at alarming rates throughout our first year of college.”
Police note that during the attack, Harrouff was “abnormally strong” and was making animal noises as he gnawed on his male victim’s face. It reportedly took four police officers, a stun gun, and a K-9 officer to take him down as he did not seem to be responding to pain.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder recounted the incident, noting that the teen had “a lot more strength” than someone they typically encounter, but it wasn’t just due to his size.
“The suspect in this case was abnormally strong. So getting that excited delirium type increased adrenaline strength. Somebody not feeling pain, not responding to a dog bite, repeated stuns from a Taser, taking three to four deputies and officer dog to get him off. That’s somebody with a lot more strength than you would normally encounter.”
The police thought the teen was likely under the influence of drugs as he did not have a criminal history and was only reportedly acting strange the days leading up to the incident. The teen’s mother actually called the police the night of the incident to report her son was “acting strange” and that he believed he had “superpowers.” Although she was concerned for his well-being, she noted she did not believe he was a danger to others.
Sadly, the mother was wrong, and Harrouff would leave the restaurant and kill two complete strangers. Now, police are trying to piece together what took place leading up to the murders to determine if drugs were involved or if the teen was having some sort of mental break. Harrouff is hospitalized but in stable condition and is expected to recover.
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Meanwhile, police have run multiple toxicology tests, all of which have come back negative. The teen has been tested for cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, and opiates. Now, police say they will be testing the teen for flakka and bath salts, as the police say the teen’s behavior is similar to those under the influence of these drugs. If those tests come back negative, it is unclear if the teen will be tested for steroids.
Interestingly, Harrouff operated a Youtube channel in which he frequently talked about bodybuilding and nutrition. In a recent video, it seems that the teen was admitting that he had tried steroids but they “weren’t for him.” He noted that it “damages” his health so he doesn’t want to depend on that every day.
“I don’t feel like it’d be beneficial for me to do steroids. It damages my health, I feel like I have to depend on it every day. That’s a life not worth living for me.”
The teen uploaded multiple videos about steroids and seemed to be trying to remove them from his lifestyle and encourage others to do the same.
What do you think about the idea presented by Harrouff’s acquaintance that steroids could have caused such a severe “roid rage” that a teen with no criminal history would murder two individuals at random?
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