Breaking Bad fanatic killed a police officer and dissolved his body in the bath after using a gay dating app to invite him to his flat for a drug-fuelled sex party, a court heard.
Stefano Brizzi copied a scene in the American drama by dismembering the body of PC Gordon Semple and dissolving it in an acid bath after strangling him, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.
The 59-year-old police officer had arranged via the Grindr app to go to his alleged killer’s south London flat for “hot, dirty, sleazy” sex while he was on duty on April 1.
Brizzi was allegedly in the process of throttling the officer when he turned away another man who had arrived for the sex party.
In the days following PC Semple’s death, neighbours on the Peabody Estate noticed a “revolting smell” coming from Brizzi’s flat. The 50-year-old Italian responded to one neighbour’s complaints by saying he was cooking for a friend, the court heard.
A few days later, on April 7, police arrived at the flat to find Brizzi wearing only underpants and sunglasses. He allegedly told an officer: “I have tried to dissolve the body… I have killed a police officer. I met him on Grindr and I killed him. Satan told me to.”
Brizzi was said to be “obsessed” with the award-winning television show Breaking Bad, in which the lead character, crystal meth-producing chemistry teacher Walter White, poisons a rival and dissolves the body in acid.
Source: Telegraph UK