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March 2, 2013

Lawyer says Danvers man charged in father's slaying was hallucinating during interrogation


But first, Anastasi insisted that other people in the house, wearing masks, might have killed his father, and that he hid from them. He told neighbors and police that he thought there were aliens in his home and that explosives had been put into his clothing.

Slowly, he began to acknowledge details, however.

“I just want to try to retrace my steps because I remember — if it was me, when I finally remember, I want the death sentence,” Anastasi told the detectives. “I don’t want to live here anymore knowing that I killed my (expletive) father.”

He told the detectives that his father had been trying to help him kick his heroin habit.

“You have no idea how much he’s been helping me lately,” Anastasi said. “Like all’s he wanted to do is see me get clean, and he was — he didn’t get to see that happen before the day he died.

“I wanted to — I wanted to get clean so that I could start helping him,” Anastasi told the detectives. “I wanted to get clean so that we could have a better relationship. Like, he’s getting old. You know what I mean? And, like, I used to worry about that.

“And now there’s like — this is the most (expletive) up thing I’ve ever been through. I really thought there was aliens in my house,” Anastasi told the detective.

After a break in the interview, Anastasi became more forthcoming.

He told the detectives that he was hallucinating and began swinging at the images.

“I thought he was one of them,” Anastasi said, later saying he was screaming at his father because he thought he was an alien or demon.

“So I hit him until he — I think he was eating. I don’t know. They were all in my kitchen.”

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