TEXAS: All a part of a bizarre case involving Dylan Quick, a student accused of going on a stabbing spree that left fourteen other students injured at the Lone Star College near Houston. Quick has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault. Witnesses said Quick was aiming at the faces and necks of his victims slashing at them with a razor utility knife. A bloody knife tip was removed from the chest of one of the victims. One woman had what appeared to be the blade of a box cutter sticking from her cheek.
Quick told investigators that in preparing for the attack, he had sharpened a hairbrush and pencils, to use as weapons. He had fantasized about stabbing people since he was 8.
He had even done research on mass stabbings.
A search warrant affidavit said Quick had fantasized about necrophilia, cannibalism and “cutting off people’s faces and wearing them as masks.”
Nine items were seized from Quick’s home, including a “Hannibal Lecter Mask.” (Hannibal Lecter is the cannibalistic serial killer from the 1991 movie “The Silence of the Lambs.”) Other items seized included an animal dissection kit and several books about mass killings and serial killers.
A student claims to have spoken to Quick after he was arrested. When asked, why did you do this, Quick responded that he wanted to go on a killing spree but the knife broke.
Who does this?? I’m always curious to know the profile of a person who commits a crime so heinous. So who is Dylan Quick and what do we know about him so far?
- He is twenty years old and was a student at Lone Stare College
- He was born deaf and received a cochlear implant at age 7
- He was home schooled most of his life by his mother
- He lived in a middle class neighborhood
- Quick’s parents say they had no major problems with their son, but reported him missing for a few days in January 2011. They received a text message from Quick saying “he was leaving because he might possibly harm himself.” He was found three days later and had been staying on the Lone Star college campus. Security guards had given him food and a tent to sleep in.
- Quick was planning to finish his associate degree at the college and then transfer to the University of Houston to study accounting.
It also bears noting that the people closest to the accused are the ones most surprised by his actions. Here’s what people who knew him say:
- Staff members at the county library branch on campus, where Quick worked part-time for about a year, spoke fondly of him.
- Some faculty members at Lone Star College said Quick was a good student
- Neighbors described him as well-liked and friendly, but also withdrawn
- Delores Quick, his 85-year old grandmother said: “To me he’s just always been a good kid, loving. He’s close to his family. He’s close to his mother and father.”
- Michael Lincoln, a neighbor who lives next door to Quick and his parents, recalled borrowing a ladder from the family in January so he could remove some branches that had fallen on his roof after a storm. Quick lent him the ladder but then used it himself to remove the branches, saying, “That’s what neighbors are for,” according to Lincoln.
- Elva Garcia, 46, who lives two houses down from the Quicks, described him as a nice young man who stayed out of trouble and only came outside with his parents. She said she saw him, just this past weekend, working with his parents in the front yard.
- Laird, Quick’s attorney, said he didn’t think the 20-year-old had a history of mental illness.
So then, how does this “well-liked,” “good kid” end up in a place like this? We may never know. But something went wrong very early on. I’m no expert on mental illness, but if your eight year old child is killing small animals or having fantasies about stabbing people, stop what you’re doing and get that child to a mental health facility immediately.