A Canadian author, who wrote a gruesome novel is facing life in prison without parole after he was found guilty of the gruesome and brutal murder of his Ukrainian fiancee, who had given birth to his daughter just weeks before.
Blake Leibel, who is the son of a California real estate tycoon, tortured and mutilated Iana Kasian inside his West Hollywood apartment while she was still alive. When she finally died, he drained all the blood from her body and removed her scalp, ABC reported.
Kasian’s autopsy report says parts of the right side of the 30-year-old’s face, including her ear, were torn off in the brutal slaying, before she died.
37-year-old Leibel, a millionaire property heir, reportedly tried to keep police out of the apartment by barricading the door. When officers finally broke into Leibel’s apartment in May 2016, looking for Kasian, her naked body was found, mutilated, drained of blood, and covered with a red Mickey Mouse blanket, The Hollywood Reporter reported. Investigators found bits of flesh inside the bedroom, and part of Kasian’s scalp and her ear were found in a trash bin at the bottom of the garbage chute outside the home.
Graphic images of the scene and of Kasian were shown to the jury, as were images from a graphic novel called Syndrome, which Leibel helped to create in 2010. In the novel, a scientist tries to find a way to cure people of evil. One page displays a woman, lying naked on a bed with no head.
The novel begins with the foreword: “If you loved hurting things, what would you do?” and ends with an image of a hand dripping blood and the caption: “In the end, we all become monsters”.
Leibel will be sentenced on June 26, and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Though he was earlier facing the death penalty, the LA County District Attorney’s Office had earlier opted not to seek it against him.