‘I called him the happy boy’: Father of ‘cannibal killer’ tells Dr Phil that his son was ‘the kindest, caring kid’, but he son got ‘real serious’ in the weeks before he allegedly stabbed a middle-aged couple to death
- Dr Wade Harrouff revealed to Dr Phil more details of the night his son, Austin Harrouff, allegedly killed John Stevens and his wife Michelle Miscon
- His is accused of stabbing the middle-aged couple to death with a knife and a broken vodka bottle
- Dr Harrouff said he had ‘no idea whatsoever’ that his son, a Florida State University sophomore, was capable of what he’s accused of doing
- He said his son is the ‘kindest, caring kid’ who ‘wanted to help people’
- Dr Harrouff said his son had been eating with him and his daughter in Duffy’s restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, when he got angry and left
- After going to his mother’s house and downing vegetable oil and Parmesan cheese, he returned to the restaurant, only to leave again
- Police say it was then that Harrouff stabbed Stevens, 59, and Mishcon, 53, to death in their garage, before eating part of Stevens’ face and abdomen
The father of ‘cannibal killer’ Austin Harrouff broke down on Dr Phil as he called his son a ‘happy boy’, but said in the weeks before he allegedly attacked a couple in their garage, he had become ‘real serious’.
Dr Wade Harrouff also revealed more details of his 19-year-old son’s behavior the night he allegedly stabbed a middle-aged couple to death with a knife and a broken vodka bottle.
Austin Harrouff came out of the coma he had been in since the alleged attack two weeks ago, and police are trying to piece together what happened the night John Stevens and his wife Michelle Miscon were killed on August 15.
Dr Harrouff said he had ‘no idea whatsoever’ that his son, a Florida State University sophomore and member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, was capable of what he’s accused of doing.
Dr Wade Harrouff has revealed to Dr Phil more details of the night his son, Austin Harrouff, allegedly killed John Stevens and his wife Michelle Miscon
Austin Harrouff is accused of stabbing the middle-aged couple to death with a knife and a broken vodka bottle
‘He’s always been the kindest, caring kid I’ve ever seen,’ he told Dr Phil. ‘He always wanted to help people. I called him the happy boy. The last two weeks he started not being happy. He started being real serious.’
Austin Harrouff has been under armed guard in St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach for 11 days since the attack that stunned the nation.
Dr Harrouff said his son had been eating with him and his daughter in Duffy’s restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, when he got angry and left.
From there Austin made his way to his mother Mina’s house, according to a spokesman for the Dr Phil show, where he attempted to drink vegetable oil.
His mother forced him to mix with with Parmesan cheese before he wolfed that down, after which he left, Dr Harrouff said.
Mina was so concerned about her son’s behavior that she then called 911, telling police that he had been acting erratically and claiming to have superpowers.
Dr Harrouff said that his son was ‘extremely dehydrated’ because the family had just taken a four-hour walk together.
He said that his daughter brought Austin back to the restaurant, adding that he grabbed his son by the collar and said ‘What’s wrong with you?’.
‘You could see it in his eyes he was totally embarrassed,’ Dr Harrouff told Dr Phil, holding back tears. ‘He reared back and Carrie said, ‘Stop right there’, and he looked at Carrie with an embarrassed face and stopped. Then he left.’
It was at this point that Austin Harrouff left the restaurant and attempted to walk back to his father’s house.
Dr Harrouff said he had ‘no idea whatsoever’ that his son, a Florida State University sophomore, was capable of what he’s accused of doing, after storming off from a family dinner in Jupiter, Florida, on August 15 (pictured)
Officers say Harrouff, who they believe overdosed on synthetic drug flakka, randomly attacked Stevens and Mishcon (pictured together above) after dining with his father and sister at Duffy’s restaurant
Police say it was on that walk that Harrouff stabbed Stevens, 59, and wife Mishcon, 53, to death in their garage, before eating part of Stevens’ face and abdomen.
Dr Harrouff, who has said his son’s alleged attack is due to mental illness, also told Dr Phil that the teen’s personality completely changed two weeks before the killings.
Fighting back tears, the prominent dentist added: ‘I’m deeply sorry for what my son did to those people.
‘And I’ll apologize for him, because my own son would have never done that… He’s such a good person.
‘He would never knowingly do something like that. I’m truly sorry to those people.’
Harrouff’s father broke down on Dr Phil as he spoke about his son. He said in one clip that his son was the ‘kindest, caring kid’
Officers say Harrouff, who they believe overdosed on synthetic drug flakka, randomly attacked Stevens and Mishcon after dining with his dad and sister at Duffy’s restaurant in Jupiter on August 15.
After her son stormed out, mother Mina called police, telling them: ‘My son has kind of taken off and I’m concerned about his own safety. He’s acting a little strange.’
‘It seems like he’s a little delusional,’ she added. ‘There’s this recent change that we’re noticing. He was out to dinner with his dad today and he took off.
‘He says he feels immortal and like a super-hero. I don’t know what’s going on with him. The only thing he has on is a switch-blade type pocket knife.’
Cops say Harrouff used a switchblade he was carrying along with a broken vodka bottle from the garage to stab the couple to death.
Harrouff is also accused of stabbing neighbor Jeff Fisher in the back when he came over to investigate after hearing Mishcon screaming.
After butchering the couple, police say Harrouff ate part of Stevens’ face and abdomen and consumed caustic chemicals found in the garage.
Cops said that Harrouff appeared to have ingested caustic chemicals found in the garage of his victims (pictured) before he was subdued and taken to hospital
When officers arrived, they say it took several shots from a Taser, a police dog and four officers to subdue Harrouff, who was showing abnormal strength.
Investigators also say that, while on his way to hospital, Harrouff boasted that ‘you won’t find any drugs in my system.’
Cops have confirmed that, once the teen is released from hospital, he will be charged with murder.
Officials said that Harrouff, 19, a rising sophomore at Florida State University and a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, will be charged with two counts of first degree murder and one of first degree attempted murder as soon as he is well enough.
Stevens’s family has called for the death penalty.
In the month leading up to the attack on the Stevenses, Harrouff posted 41 YouTube videos, progressively getting more and more bizarre.
In one, he said: ‘I’ve got a psycho side and a normal side. I’ve lost my mind. Help me find it.’
In another clip, posted last month, Harrouff walks through a house toting a semi-automatic pistol. He then looks down the gun’s barrel after pretending to pull the trigger.
In the last video, posted four days before the attack he talked about using drugs for his bodybuilding.
‘I used to think that I needed steroids to be a bodybuilder. To be this thing. To be this symbol. To be this lie,’ he said.
Flakka swept Florida in 2013, gaining the nickname ‘five dollar insanity’ because it causes hallucinations, psychosis and ‘superhuman’ strength.