The North Carolina man who allegedly killed his wife and blamed it on a
cold medicine stupor reportedly had a fascination with "American
Matthew James Phelps, a 29-year-old aspiring preacher was charged with
first-degree murder in the September death of his wife of less than a
year, Lauren Hugelmaier Phelps, 29, who was found with 123 stab and cut
wounds on her body.
ASPIRING PASTOR STABS WIFE 123 TIMES, SAYS COUGH SYRUP MADE HIM DO IT,
During a Sept. 1 call to authorities, Matthew Phelps said: "I think I
killed my ... there's blood all over me ... and there's a bloody knife
on the bed. I think I did it," adding that he had taken too much cold
Newly unsealed search warrants show that the aspiring preacher was
obsessed with the main character of the movie "American Psycho," who was
a serial killer," and had an Instagram account under the username @marty_radical,
& Observer reported.
BLOODY SHEETS, BOXES OF COLD MEDICINE DISCOVERED AT HOME OF ASPIRING
PREACHER WHO CLAIMS HE KILLED WIFE
"It was learned that Matthew Phelps was obsessed with the movie
'American Psycho' and this Instagram account shows numerous photographs
of scenes from the movie and Phelps dressed as the main character," a
detective wrote in documents filed with the Wake County Magistrate's
Office. "The movie is about a serial killer, and Phelps expressed
interest to a friend regarding what it would be like to kill someone."
The couple was also reportedly having marital problems. Friends of the
Phelps told detectives that the pair "would argue frequently," and were
experiencing financial troubles.
Lauren Phelps, the newspaper reported, was "preparing to end the
When officers arrived to the Phelps’ home in North Raleigh in September,
they discovered Lauren Phelps in a “fetal position, covered in blood on
the bedroom floor,” the autopsy report said. She was rushed to the
hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Matthew Phelps was found with blood when authorities arrived at the
home, but detectives allegedly reported finding evidence that led them
to believe he may have cleaned himself up before calling authorities.