U.S. Cage Fighter Arrested After Ripping Out Beating Heart of Trainer

Jarrod Wyatt, a U.S. cage fighter, is charged with a horrific crime of removing the beating heart of his training partner Taylor Powell and ripping him apart. He insists that he snapped after drinking tea spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms — causing him to believe that the partner was possessed by the devil.

The police found the 26-year-old standing naked over his friend’s body with body parts strewn around the room in Klamath, California. The trainer, 21, bled to death after the removal of his heart.

It is sometimes said that the best criminal defense is often found in the worst cases since insanity is more believable when the act is incomprehensible. This would certainly fulfill that criteria but Wyatt will have a difficult time with an insanity defense which has been made more difficult since the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, (here and here).

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58 thoughts on “U.S. Cage Fighter Arrested After Ripping Out Beating Heart of Trainer

  1. A 26 year old doing something like this makes me wonder about young-adult onset schizophrenia. Many people with schizophrenia self-medicate with drugs in an attempt to “manage” the mental illness. What, other than schizophrenia, could explain that haircut?

  2. To be fair to the lady MMA fighters regarding equal time, here is the weigh-in of Ms. Gina Carano & Ms. Cyborg.

    Perhaps some guys here ‘might’ reconsider the merits of MMA fighting…

  3. I saw this story and thought it was like promotion for a movie or something…wow…you got to be insane I would think to actually do this…

  4. Most people who go to violent or risky games go with the idea of seeing blood and gore. Bullfighting, hockey, cage fighting, car racing, boxing,football, These are the same kind of people who love to watch public executions. There not pussy’s, they are sadistic, cruel, barbaric people.

  5. Buddha,

    Let me chime in as someone who has trained in both ‘traditional’ martial arts and MMA. The skill set required for mma is crazy. I trained Kung fu and fought in San Shou at national and international competitions, held titles in both. After a change in careers I had to change gyms, the only one that worked for my hours was an mma facility. At Kung fu I trained 5-6 days a week and put in 5 hours every Saturday sparring and working cardio, even with this I nearly puked in my training session of mma.
    I spent 6 months training muay Thai before moving into bjj, the techniques are just as, if not more intensive than in Kung fu. While it may not appear as refined or as artistic it is a true martial art. Don’t kid yourself, martial arts are not just self defense – they are a training method to try to make sure you’re a better fighter than the next guy. Whether it be judo, karate, muay Thai, jui jitsu, Kali Silat, capoeira or any other form of fighting – its still fighting, it’s violent and sometimes bloody.
    Just because you dislike the forum, don’t discount these athletes, they train hard, fight hard and 90% of the time they hug and shake hands afterward – just like any tournament or competition.

  6. So, I have taken the time to read most of the comments here and I find it disgusting that not one word has been said about the victim and the grief and sorrow of friends & family left behind. Humanity is no longer human.

  7. you know what this guy will probably not be found guilty due to insanity, same with the mom that killed and ate her 3 week old kid. If it was up to me they would all be shot to death in front of the whole world, I’m so tired of these sick ass people getting off because they claim their crazy. We’re all freaking crazy, but were not tearing people apart. These people just get off by doing this crap.

  8. why are we arguing about whether extreme fighting, cage fighting whatever is wrong or not? shouldn’t we be arguing the theoretical posibility that this guy fried his freaking brains out on something he claims is shrooms but might have been ANYTHING, including PCP or something hideous like that! Anyway, I saw a guy throw a chick threw a glass table while he was on a combo of pcp and shrooms cause she insulted his shoes….wonder what the stupid trainer said????
    NOT saying it’s the trainers fault…but really, why would you give somebody that you KNOW can whoop that butt a gut full of mind-altering chemicals?
    AND just so you know, boiling them makes the effects of shrooms stronger. just eating them will make you *giggle til you fall down*. drinking the tea can actually KILL you because it’s toxicity is higher.

  9. This is a story I didn’t believe until I clicked onto the actual article about the case, in California. I didn’t bother to look up “cage fighting” and already knew what “MMA” was because of the George Zimmerman threads where one witness (who has already apparently backed off from his or her original extravagant testimony) claims that Martin was delivering punches “MMA style” to the prone and overpowered Zimmerman. Anyway, I figured out from what was printed that this Wyatt guy (the “suspect”) murdered someone by means that will just plain HAVE to find its way onto “Criminal Minds” and/or “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” before too long. And that’s so ironic. Combat that is engaged in for entertainment then turns very non-entertaining, which then becomes entertainment.

    Where are we as a culture?

    OMG, we are caught in a continuous loop. What we want to enjoy turns horrible and hideous; we want to not know about it while at the same we are fascinated and excited in some almost unmentionable (clearly undefinable) way; we want to not figure out what it really says about us because that’s too damn scary and I REALLY MEAN THAT; and we then complete the circle when we want to enjoy it.

    No matter where Wyatt ends up for the rest of his life, he will probably have no human understanding of what he has done to everyone who has ever found out about what he did to the victim.

    I wish I knew how the police were alerted to come to the crime scene, and if there had been any priors on this guy’s record. Mind-boggling.

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