A Wisconsin woman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that she choked her lover to death during a drug-fueled sexcapade before dismembering him.
Taylor D. Schabusiness, 24, was charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and Mutilating a Corpse, as well as 3rd Degree Sexual Assault, for acts she did after the victim, Shad Thyrion, was dead. Her lawyer entered a not guilty plea for all counts. In a Brown County Courtroom.
Schabusiness’ lawyer revealed in a previous hearing that she had previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been receiving mental health treatment since she was in the seventh grade.
In the early hours of Wednesday, February 23, police in Green Bay were contacted by a woman who said she’d found her 25-year-old son’s severed head in a bucket.
Upon arrival, officers found the bucket also contained a “male organ”.
Searching the home they found a mattress covered in dried blood and an upper torso in a storage tote.
The mother told police she was woken by the sound of a door slamming between 2 AM and 3 AM and thought it was her son leaving; but when she got up to check, she made the gruesome discovery.
The mother told officers that Schabusiness may have been the last person to have seen him alive. When they went to her home, they found her wearing clothes covered in blood.
When her minivan was searched police found a crock pot box containing “additional human body parts including legs,” the complaint states.
Police asked Schabusiness what happened; she replied: “That is a good question.”
According to the complaint, she told investigators she had spent the day with the victim smoking meth; After arriving at his mother’s home, they started having sex that involved chains.
Authorities say she told them she blacked out at some stage and just went “crazy” and started strangling him with the chain, him facedown and her on top of him; She insisted she didn’t mean to kill him, but because she enjoyed choking him she continued to do it.
She said he began coughing up blood and turning purple, but since she was “already this far” she kept going, according to the complaint. She reportedly asked detectives “if they knew what it was like to love something so much that you kill it.”
“Schabusiness responded that the police were going to have fun trying to find all of the organs as she dismembered the body,” the complaint states.
Authorities claim she initially told them all the body parts should be in the basement, but then added there should be a foot or a leg in the minivan; When they asked her what she did with the head, she said she put it in a bucket and threw a blanket over it.
“Schabusiness stated she used knives that she obtained from the kitchen of the residence and that a bread knife worked the best because of the serrated blade,” the complaint continues. “Schabusiness stated the knives should be in a black bag along with the body parts in the basement,” adding that she used whatever bags she could find to store the dismembered limbs.
“Schabusiness made the comment that at one point, she did get paranoid and lazy and that she thought it was the ‘dope’ that was making her paranoid,” it says.
“Schabusiness stated the plan was for her to bring all of the body parts with her but she got lazy and only ended up putting the leg/foot in the van and she forgot the head.”
She also told police she performed sexual acts with the dead body for “two or three hours” after the victim had died.
At a court hearing on Tuesday, the prosecutor described the scenario as “one of the most serious offenses we’ve had in this county in some time.”
“I think the facts alleged are extremely concerning and disturbing and go to the violent nature and grave nature of the offense,” Assistant District Attorney Caleb Saunders said.