Husband accused of cooking wife wore dresses, neighbors say
A strange portrait was emerging of a 68-year-old Oceanside man accused of killing his 73-year-old wife, then cooking her body parts on their kitchen stove.
Frederick Joseph Hengl was seen by neighbors dressed in women's clothes and wearing makeup, according to neighbors.
They said they saw Hengl outside wearing a purple dress, pink makeup and various articles of jewelry, including a pearl necklace. The neighbors told Fox 5 News that his wife was once seen roaming outside with a knife making religious comments like “God will smite you.”
Hengl pleaded not guilty this week in court.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Katherine Flaherty told Vista Superior Court Judge J. Marshall Hockett that police found pieces of meat cooking on the stove at the family home and a severed head in the freezer.
Hockett ordered Frederick Joseph Hengl kept in jail on $5-million bail.
Police are unclear when Hengl's wife, Anna Faris, was killed. They went to the couple's home after neighbors reported a strange smell and hearing the sound of a power saw.
Flaherty told reporters that, "“There is no evidence of cannibalism at this time."
-- Tony Perry in San Diego