Man Wore A “Scream” Costume to Murder His Neighbor with a Chainsaw

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  • Source: The Blaze
  • 03/30/2024
The notion of a neighborhood  killer is unsettling on its own, but it takes a chilling turn when the murderer dons the iconic costume from the popular slasher film "Scream."

In Pennsylvania, a man committed the  gruesome act of murdering his 59-year-old neighbor using a chainsaw and knife, all while sporting the eerie "Scream" mask. Authorities are still probing the crime, but it appears the motive behind this murder stems from accusations  against the neighbor for harming women and children.

From The Blaze:

“Through investigation, we were able to develop a suspect. The suspect's house had a perimeter around it, and through successful negotiation, the suspect exited and was taken into custody without an incident,” said Petroski.

Witnesses said that the suspect, 30-year-old Zak Moyer, was the next door neighbor to Whitehead.
"This was not just a random attack, they did know each other," said Petroski.

Moyer had passed notes to the police while they were negotiating his surrender. The criminal complaint describes one of those notes that may explain his motivation in attacking his neighbor.

"Ed murdered women and kids. Eddie Junior murdered women and kids last summer," the note allegedly read.

A criminal complaint said that Moyer admitted to stabbing Whitehead in the head with the knife and then returned to his home to watch a movie until police came for him. Police said that Moyer's sister told them that he had been planning to kill the neighbor for a week before the crime.

Investigators said Moyer admitted to hiding the chainsaw in the attic and a knife in a drawer. They also found the black costume and the mask after obtaining a search warrant for his residence.

Moyer was charged with one count of criminal homicide and is being held at the Carbon County Correctional Facility. He had no prior criminal history in the court system in the state of Pennsylvania.

Neighbors said they were shocked by the incident because their neighborhood was usually quiet.

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