Man Arrested in Northern Israel Carrying His Ex-wife's Decapitated Head

The woman's headless body was found in her apartment; mayor of Tiberias says the suspect was known to have mental-health issues.

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The murder scene in Tiberias, March 29, 2017. Police officers inspect a sidewalk area sealed off with red police tape.
Scene of a murder in Tiberias, March 29, 2017.Credit: Gil Eliahu

The ex-husband of a young woman whose headless body was found in her apartment in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias was arrested on Wednesday morning after he was found in the street carrying her head.

Tiberias Mayor Yossi Ben David told Haaretz that the couple divorced recently and that the suspect had received services from the city's mental health department. Ben David said the man had immigrated to Israel a few years ago before converting to Judaism.

Yoss Oknin, a volunteer with the United Hatzolah rescue organization who responded to the scene, said that he found the head of the victim, who was in her 30s, next to a garbage can. Oknin said people on the street told him they had seen seen the suspect walking around with the head in his hands.

Eyewitnesses said the suspect knocked on doors in the street while mumbling "They are Amelekites," a reference to an ancient Near East tribe that in the Bible was a recurrent enemy of the Israelites.

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