Police investigators have revealed how a man named Joseph Christen Thoresen murdered his bestfriend for allegedly sleeping with the girlfriend. The incident occurred in the tiny northern Minnesota town of Deer River.
The whole incident came to light when he was caught in a high speed chase with another man after killing David Alexander Haiman. In a confessional evidence, the driver revealed that Thoresen had admitted beating Haiman with a baseball bat before stabbing him in the lungs.
Then Thoresen had cut off his friend’s head and left the body parts in the woods to rot, said the driver, who is identified in the complaint by his initials, T.M.C. Thoresen was later arrested by the police and is now facing a charge of second-degree murder.
According to the WashingtonPost, Joe Thoresen and David Haiman were friends, at least on Facebook. They made an odd pair. Thoresen was a 35-year-old with a temper and a rap sheet. Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 225 pounds, he had been convicted three times for disorderly conduct and spent time in jail, Minnesota criminal records show.
Haiman was a whippet-thin 20-year-old with a penchant for cars and a habit of making funny faces in photos.
It’s unclear how the two knew each other, but an old Facebook page under Thoresen’s name says he once was in a relationship with a Brittany Haiman. The same account suggests a “fast” and “rough” lifestyle.
“Today we shall enjoy but tonight we play rough,” reads a post from June 21, 2013. Another post boasted of “damn good sex.” A third said he couldn’t sleep because “life’s too fast sometimes.”
By June 2015, Thoresen was seeing another woman, referred to in the complaint only by her initials. Facebook shows them in a relationship, and also shows her listing Haiman as a “friend.”
When Thoresen told his girlfriend early last week that Haiman was coming over to their Grand Rapids, Minn., apartment, however, she was not having it.
“She was upset and told Thoresen that [Haiman] raped her in their bedroom,” according to the complaint.
When Haiman arrived, she confronted him, punching him repeatedly, she later told police.
Haiman “agreed to be tied up and beat up,” according to the complaint. “She tied up [Haiman] in the bedroom, she punched [him] in the face and broke his nose and kicked him in the gut.”
The girlfriend then untied Haiman before Thoresen joined in the beating, punching him and telling him that he “should not have raped ‘my girl,’ ” the complaint says.
However, when it seems like everything was going to be normal, the three talked about “scoring some bud” before driving off in Haiman’s car in search of marijuana, according to the complaint. As they drove, Haiman sat in the back, untied, according to the complaint.
There was, however, a hint that all was not forgiven.
On the back seat next to Haiman lay a baseball bat and knife.
After a short drive, the three stopped in Deer River to smoke marijuana with friends. Whether it was the drugs or his broken nose, Haiman began calling Thoresen and his girlfriend “worthless pieces of s—” and her a “slut,” she told police.
As they argued, the car began to have trouble. Still arguing, Thoresen and Haiman inspected the motor. The older man told the younger one to check the engine’s oil.
That’s when Thoresen hit him in the head with the bat, the girlfriend and driver both told police.
Thoresen then “stabbed him in the lungs with a black machete with holes in it,” according to the complaint.
Haiman “was on the ground groaning and asking for her,” the girlfriend said, when “Thoresen took a large knife from [Haiman]’s belt loop and cut off [his] head.”
This was “not my Joe,” she later told police, apparently blaming the killing on methamphetamine.
After cutting off his friend’s head, Thoresen “threw it in the woods,” according to the complaint. He then “dragged [Haiman’s] body in the woods,” leaving his pants “covered in blood from the knee down.”
After the killing, Thoresen and his girlfriend drove back to their apartment, where he cleaned up the blood, the complaint says.
It wasn’t until June 26, nearly a week after the killing and two days after letting Thoresen go following the high-speed chase, that investigators finally arrived at his door.
Thoresen told an investigator that he hadn’t talked to Haiman in two or three weeks, according to the complaint. But when the investigator asked to look at Thoresen’s phone, it showed a text conversation between the two men June 20.
He was arrested and taken to jail.
Investigators found Thoresen’s girlfriend sleeping in the bedroom. When they later questioned her, she told them about the rape, the torture, the killing and the dismemberment, according to the complaint.
She even told them that the machete was under her bed, covered in blood and her fingerprints “because she moved it,” the complaint says.
It didn’t take authorities long to find Haiman.
His “torso was located at 9:30 a.m. … in the vicinity identified” by the girlfriend, the complaint says. The torso“appeared to have been dragged to the location where [it] was found.”
His head, meanwhile, was found an hour later, along with bags containing Haiman’s clothing and identification.
Once in custody, Thoresen allegedly confessed to killing and dismembering his own friend, local TV station KBJR6 reported, citing Itasca County court documents.
Thoresen was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder. His bond is set at $2 million and he is due back in court July 5, according to KBJR6. His girlfriend has not been indicted at this time.
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