TOPSHAM, Maine (TCD) -- Police have arrested a 71-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 64-year-old female resident at an affordable senior housing complex who he believed was a witch.
According to Maine State Police, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at around 9:30 a.m., the Topsham Police Department received a 911 call from an employee at River Landing Senior Housing regarding a possible assault. Officers and medical personnel responded to the complex on Elm Street and found Christine Miller dead at the scene.
Police said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined Miller died due to "sharp force injuries," and they ruled her death a homicide. WGME-TV reports that Miller sustained multiple stab wounds.
Police allege Robert McClure, who also lived at River Landing, killed Miller. Witnesses reportedly saw McClure exiting the victim’s home holding a knife.
The property manager told WGME that other residents in the building said that McClure talked about witches, and he allegedly threatened to set the complex ablaze. Miller and McClure were allegedly dating, and Miller had tried to convince him to visit a psychiatrist.
According to the court documents obtained by WGME, McClure admitted to killing the victim and said, "I did stab that lady today."
Maine State Police apprehended McClure at the scene on a charge of murder. McClure reportedly told police during his arrest that demons and witches lived in the apartment building, and he heard voices about them. McClure allegedly believed Miller was a witch and that she needed to die.
McClure was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Nov. 27