The details of this murder are like something out of a horror movie. It’s one of the most disturbing and violent crimes I have ever heard of, yet most of the media isn’t saying a word about it.
According to court documents 31-year-old Omar Pettigen admitted to murdering his mother, 64-year-old Nailah Pettigen, and cutting out her heart. Omar says he then “released” himself by masturbating on her dead body.
Pettigen told police that his mother pointed a gun at him during an argument. That’s when he grabbed a hammer off the bedroom wall and knocked the gun out of her hand.
He said he then left the room, but came back, this time armed with a tomahawk which he used to bash her head. He then retrieved a revolver from a closet and shot her in the back repeatedly.
As she lay dying, Pettigen used a knife and sliced open her chest. He removed her heart with his hands and then put it back in her body. He then masturbated because “he needed to be with himself and needed a release after the event,” according to the documents.
Pettigen reportedly told police he murdered his mother because she was killing herself with the prescription painkillers oxycodone. Nailah Pettigen recently became addicted to the drug after hip and knee problems and surgery. Islam prohibits the use of narcotics noting that “every intoxicant is haraam (unlawful)”. Islam imposes corporal punishment on drinkers and gamblers.
A few online sites have covered this story but few have mentioned Pettigen’s devotion to Islam. They only write that the family claimed to have “seen a change in Omar since he has returned from Morocco several months prior to the murder.” Islam is the largest religion in Morocco, with more than 99% of the population adhering to it.
Police said the suspect remained calm during interview and showed no signs of remorse. One detective reportedly wrote that Pettigen told him he felt “good” about his actions.
After carrying out the sickening disembowelment of his mother, Pettigen said he had a few beers with friends in the San Francisco Bay area and booked an airline ticket for Chicago.