WALKING DEAD TV BINGE SPARKS HORROR KILLING
Marathon TV binge sparks bloodbath
A MAN who binge-watched zombie telly drama The Walking Dead became convinced his pal had turned into one of the undead... and BEAT him to death.
Damon Perry, 23, and Christopher Paquin were watching the long-running show, which stars Brit actor Andrew Lincoln, when boozed-up Damon flipped.
The Fox TV show centres on a group of people struggling to survive in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.
It is notorious for its convincing special effects of rotting undead attacking the living.
After watching back-to-back episodes for a staggering 36 hours, Perry started to confuse fantasy with reality, say police.
Convinced Paquin, 23, was a zombie, he started to attack him with his hands and feet.
He then grabbed a guitar before finally stoving Paquin’s head in with a MICROWAVE oven.
Cops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were called to an apartment after receiving reports that an intoxicated, knifewielding man was chasing a woman, the police department said.
When they arrived, they found two maintenance workers pinning Perry to the ground.
Paquin’s body was then discovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
“Perry told the investigators he had been drinking large amounts of alcohol when his friend began to change into a zombie,” the police department said in a statement.
Police detective Moses Marquez said the brutal killing was one of the “weirdest and most gruesome” homicides he had ever come across.
“It was one of the absolute worst crime scenes I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been with the department for 15 years,” he said.
And a police insider added: “This is pretty grim, there was blood everywhere.
“There was not a lot left of Mr Paquin’s head. God knows what happened to Perry’s brain, he was clearly off his nut.”
Detective Marquez revealed that Perry is being held at the Cibola County detention center on $800,000 cash only bond.
Perry’s attorney could not be reached for comment.
There will be a preliminary hearing in the case on November 3.
By ROSS THORNTON
GRUESOME: How Perry saw his pal
FLIPPED: Perry (above) attacked Paquin (below)