Published On: Mon, Nov 19th, 2012

Ari Liggett, Colorado man butcher his mother, had history of mental problems, confirms dad

The man who was arrested Wednesday after police found the dismembered remains of his mother in the back seat of his car says he recently learned that he was not in his mother’s will.

Ari Liggitt

Ari Liggett, age 24, is being held without bond on suspicion of the first degree murder of Beverly Liggett, the man’s 56-ear-old mother. H

He was arrested near his home after crashing his car in an attempt to elude police.

Liggett originally lied to police officiers during an interview, claiming that he found his mother dead in the living room after she committed suicide.

The search of the family’s home uncovered a saw in the dishwasher and potassium cyanide and traces of blood in the freezer and bathrub, according to court records.

“There’s no words to describe what could really bring somebody to do that,” said neighbor Brett Wilbur. “I don’t understand how that’s possible in the first place. There’s got to be some sort of mental illness, I pray God just has mercy on his soul.”

Arrested in 2010, Ari was found welding a homemade silencer and mixing dangerous chemical’s in his home’s backyard that eventually led to the evacuation of a homeless shelter.

Threatening to kill his mother and his sister, his family took him to an unsecured facility and was placed on the FBI’s watch list while expressing antisemitism remarks, despite his own Jewish heritage, police records reveal.

The disturbed man was thought to be tied to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway, but DNA cleared Liggett.

Ari Liggett’s father didn’t deny the problems and admitted that his son “absolutely” had mental health issues.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.


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