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Man Charged With Stabbing Mother over "Holy Grail"

Photo from Taney County Sheriff's Office through Branson Tri-Lakes News

A Kirbyville man is in the Taney County Jail facing the possibility of life in prison after he stabbed his mother, who he called the “Queen of Darkness.”

Steele E. Vanderbilt, 35, is facing charges of first degree domestic assault and armed criminal action in the stabbing of his mother. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on the first degree domestic assault charge.

Court documents state on Thursday, Dec. 2,  a 911 call came into the Taney County Sheriff’s Office around 7:30 p.m. about a woman who had been stabbed in the neck in Kirbyville. The caller said the woman had come to their apartment seeking help.

A deputy arrived at the site of the incident and discovered the woman was bleeding from a cut to her neck. She explained Vanderbilt had held a “large kitchen style knife to her neck” and he had caused the cut.. The victim told the deputy the assailant was her son and she believed he was still in possession of the knife.

Taney County deputies went to the residence on Red Maple and placed Vanderbilt under arrest. Investigators spoke with Vanderbilt at the Taney County Sheriff’s Office where  he waived his Miranda Rights. He told the deputies his mother was the “Queen of Darkness.” He admitted he put a knife to her throat and said he did it while telling her she had two minutes to get out of the residence.

Vanderbilt said a reason for the stabbing was his mother had “tried to take his Holy Grail” which cures sickness and replenishes life. 

He said he had been previously prescribed medication at a mental institution, but he no longer took the medication,

More on the story can be read on the Branson Tri-Lakes News Website.

(Excerpt of story by Jason Wert, Branson Tri-Lakes News)

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