In five years of writing about weird crime here, I've heard of gaming consoles being involved in violent crime in just about every way possible—except as a weapon itself. That's one of the many bizarre features of a murder in Florida last Sunday.

The Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reported this week that cops in Broward County, Fla. found a "broken and bloody Xbox 360," next to the body of Monica Gooden, 20. Her boyfriend, Darrius Johnson, apparently admitted killing her, but it gets a lot weirder.


Johnson said he "sacrificed" her, that Gooden "had control of his spirit," and that he had to sacrifice someone with a Taurus astrological sign. Gooden was not born under that sign, incidentally. Three knives were found at the scene, a more likely cause of Gooden's death though, who knows.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that Gooden "did not have defensive wounds on her hands," indicating that a ritual stabbing may have taken place while she was overpowered—or after being beaten unconscious by an Xbox 360.


A police report said Johnson told cops Gooden "would not die" and that he "fought her like he was fighting a dragon." Johnson is being held without bail in the Broward County jail.

Slain Lauderhill woman's boyfriend tells police he 'sacrificed' her [Sun-Sentinel]