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Victor King, a Connecticut landlord, was allegedly decapitated by a tenant who did not want to pay rent. The tenant allegedly used a katana, an ancient samurai sword, to murder his landlord over a rent dispute. This according to the New York Post.
The suspect, Jerry David Thompson, 42, of Hartford, CT, is currently in police custody and refuses to co-operate with investigators, claiming instead that he is a "sovereign citizen."
King was a retired insurance agent and nationally ranked professional bridge player, according to a The Hartford Courant. Thompson had recently rented a vacant room in King's home.
King had called police on Saturday to report that Thompson had brandished the sword in question. By the next day, King was unreachable. His friends called the police, who broke into the house to find King gruesomely dead.
King's death was cause for celebration from some on social media who are in favour of cancelling rent. There has been a disturbing wave of people on the internet actually celebrating King's death or mocking it out of some sort of misguided "eat the rich" sentiment.
Not everybody is celebrating however. Many on social media are not so happy about the events and have expressed their discontent with what is turning out to be a frighteningly common attitude among some segments of the internet.
King will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The American Contract Bridge League's ruling body has expressed their condolences for losing their 2016 champion and one of their Grand Life Masters, which is the highest rank obtainable.