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Discovery Of Severed Head Leads To Charges Against Woman For Homicide, Sexual Assault

Green Bay, WI – Police said a Wisconsin man was choked to death during a meth-fueled sex romp and hacked to pieces by his lover, who left his severed head and his genitals in a bucket at the home he shared with his mother.

The gruesome murder occurred at a residence located in the 800-block of Stony Brook Lane, WBAY reported.

The victim’s mother said she was awakened by a slamming door sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Feb. 23 and noticed a light that had been left on downstairs, according to court documents.

When she went down to investigate, she spotted her 25-year-old son’s severed head in a bucket and dried blood on a mattress in her home, WBAY reported.

The woman called police to her residence at approximately 3:25 a.m.

After arriving at the grisly scene, they learned 24-year-old Taylor Schabusiness had been with the victim and that she might have been the last person to see him alive, according to prosecutors.

Investigators said Schabusiness had been placed on probation for another offense just seven weeks before the gruesome murder, but that she had removed her electronic monitoring bracelet, WBAY reported.

She had been placed on probation due to a resisting or obstructing an officer offense from August of 2020, according to WHBQ.

Police said they located her at a residence on Eastman Avenue with her clothing covered in dried blood, WBAY reported.

They allegedly found a crock pot box containing “additional human body parts including legs” when they searched Schabusiness’s minivan, prosecutors said.

Investigators then obtained a warrant to search the victim’s mother’s home, where they located an upper torso in a storage tote,” multiple knives, and “body fluid,” in addition to the bucket containing the victim’s head and “male organ,” according to court documents.

When police interviewed the suspect and asked her what had happened, she allegedly responded, “That is a good question,” WBAY reported.

Investigators said Schabusiness told them she and the victim smoked hung out and smoked methamphetamine together all day on Feb. 22.

They later went to the home on Stony Brook Lane, where they incorporated chains into their sexual activities, WBAY reported.

According to court documents, Schabusiness said she blacked out during the encounter, but that she remembered going “crazy” and that she began strangling the victim.

She allegedly said she liked choking the victim so she continued to do it, but denied she intended to kill him, WBAY reported.

Prosecutors said Schabusiness sexually assaulted the victim after she murdered him.

She allegedly told investigators she headed into the kitchen and grabbed some knives to cut up the man’s body, noting that she discovered “a bread knife worked the best because of the serrated blade,” according to court documents.

Investigators said Schabusiness told them they “were going to have fun trying to find all of the organs” since she had “dismembered the body,” WBAY reported.

She allegedly told them they would find a leg or a foot in her minivan, a head in a black bucket covered with a blanket, and that the knives would be in the basement in a black bag “along with the body parts,” according to court documents.

“Schabusiness stated the plan was for her to bring all of the body parts with her but she got lazy and only ended up putting the leg/foot in the van and she forgot the head,” the complaint read, according to WBAY.

She also allegedly told police she thought the “dope” she had smoked “was making her paranoid,” investigators said.

Schabusiness was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of mutilating a corpse, first-degree intentional homicide, and third-degree sexual assault, WHBQ reported.

Her bond was set at $2 million during a court hearing on Tuesday.

Schabusiness’s next hearing will occur in approximately three weeks, WBAY reported.

Police have not released the victim’s name.

Brown County Assistant District Attorney Caleb Saunders said the case is “one of the most serious offenses we’ve had in this county in some time,” according to the news outlet.

“I think the facts alleged are extremely concerning and disturbing and go to the violent nature and grave nature of the offense,” Saunders added.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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