Oceanside man killed wife, cooked her on stove, police allege


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A 68-year-old Oceanside man is accused of killing and dismembering his 73-year-old wife.

He pleaded not guilty this week.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Katherine Flaherty told Vista Superior Court Judge J. Marshall Hockett that police found hunks of meat cooking on the stove at the family home and a severed head in the freezer.

Hockett ordered Frederick Joseph Hengl kept in jail on $5-million bail.

Police are unclear when Hengl’s wife, Anna Faris, was killed. They went to the couple’s home after neighbors reported a strange smell and hearing the sound of a power saw.


Neighbors also reported that Hengl sometimes wore a dress and his wife sometimes took her clothes off in the frontyard.

Flaherty told reporters that, ‘“There is no evidence of cannibalism at this time.’


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Photo: Frederick Joseph Hengl in court. Credit: Fox-5 San Diego