Oceanside husband, accused of cooking wife on stove, due in court
A 68-year-old Oceanside man accused of killing his 73-year-old wife, then cooking her body parts on their kitchen stove, will be in court next week to answer the charges.
Frederick Joseph Hengl pleaded not guilty last week as bizarre details emerged about him and his late wife.
Neighbors 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 such as “God will smite you.”A preliminary hearing is slated for Dec. 5 in which more details might become available.
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 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.
"There is no evidence of cannibalism at this time," Flaherty told reporters.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego and Shelby Grad