Mentally ill man who beat his 92-year-old father to death because he thought he was a vampire will be allowed to serve a portion of his sentence at a mental health facility and will be transferred to a state prison once he is cleared by medical professionals.
Douglas Novak was sentenced to between 10-30 years in prison for killing his father, believing that he was a vampire, at their home in Pennsylvania, reports Daily Mail. Douglas Novak pleaded guilty for brutally beating his 92-year-old father and was charged for third-degree murder, arson, reckless endangerment and risking a catastrophe. Frank Novak, the father, was brutally beaten using the wooden arm of their dining room chair, informed the authorities. Douglas later dragged him to the shower and then to the bed. After two days, the police found them when they responded to a fire at their Hempfield home.
The autopsy report stated that Frank died due to complications from the blunt force trauma to the head, torso, and extremities. The authorities also said that the fire was started from candles that are usually used as part of a vampire ritual, but it fell down and burned the floor. According to TribLive, Douglas will be allowed to serve a portion of his sentence at a mental health facility and will be transferred to a state prison once he is cleared by medical professionals. Douglas was mentally unstable from last November and his lawyer said during Thursday’s sentencing that their client was off his medications on the day he attacked Frank.
The lawyer also said that Douglas stayed next to his father for two days after beating him, with the intent of killing him by putting a stake through his heart when he wakes up. “He believed what he was doing was killing a vampire. He lay next to his father for two days after the beating to kill him when he wakes up — to put a stake through his heart — because we all know that’s how you kill a vampire,” said Brian Aston, the defense attorney during Novak’s sentencing hearing. The prosecutors said that Douglas had already informed the police that he beat his father because he was hiding his phone, disputing the claims of Douglas’s lawyer.
Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro said that the real reason for the killing was in Douglas’s initial confession to police. “The vampire story was just one piece of his statement. He also said that he beat his father because he was hiding his phone,” said Ciaramitaro. Douglas has been under treatment for the past five months at the Torrance State Hospital after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia before he was found competent to stand trial last year. On the day of the murder, Douglas went off his medications accidentally, and he said that he never had the intention to kill his father, who was his biggest supporter during his whole battle against mental illness.
“’I loved my dad with all my heart. He was truly my hero,” said Douglas. His attorney told the judge that the mental state of Douglas was so pronounced on Thursday that he fatally beat his 92-year old father to death in the belief that his old man was a vampire, who need to be killed by running a stake through his heart. Natalie Shannon, Douglas’s sister also gave a statement to the judge that her brother’s relationship with their parents was violent and that he would ignore the medical advice needed for the diagnosis of his mental health. She felt that her brother should remain in jail for the rest of his life for what he’s done.
Shannon also took to social media about her feelings by posting on her Facebook page about how she was happy with Douglas’s sentence. She shared: My brother Doug Novak, “mixing up his meds” is a lie! He always went off his meds. You can ask anybody who truly knew him. His ex-girlfriends. You know who you are. There are many people who saw the violent side of my brother. My brother was abusing my parents for a long time. He took money from them. The reason why Doug didn’t have a long jury trial is that the truth would come out. If he decided on a jury trial, he most definitely would’ve got life in prison. I have been silent for a long time, about what my brother was like and what went on. I will not stay silent anymore. I am happy with the 10 to 30-year sentence.