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The Grim Selfie

On the 25th of February, 2013, something gruesome was taking place around the Morrisania neighbourhood of New York. Severed body parts wrapped up in garbage bags and suitcases were being discovered scattered around the neighbourhood. The body was soon identified as that of 52-year-old Tanya Byrd.

Shortly after the discovery, her 25-year-old son, Bahsid McLean, was arrested for the grisly murder. Bahsid had a hefty criminal record and was said to have suffered from schizophrenia but had recently stopped taking his medication. An investigation uncovered that Bahsid had stabbed his mother in the neck after a verbal altercation about his reluctance to grow up. Following the murder, he decided he would dismember the body with a power saw because “if you can kill somebody, you should be able to cut them up too.” After her body was dismembered, Bahsid cruelly grabbed her severed head and posed for a smirking selfie with it in the bathroom mirror.

Tanya left behind a 6-year-old son with down’s syndrome, Nasyr. Family members would later say that Bahsid had always been jealous of his brother and the attention he often received. Bahsid was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years to life. In January of 2017, he was back in the news once again when the mother of his own child, 4-year-old Zamir, was arrested for his murder. Zarah Coombs confessed to beating little Zamir to death with a broomstick. She is currently awaiting trial.