The interrogation of Jeanson Kedal, the lone suspect in the murder of four persons including his parents, sister and relative at Nandancode, has revealed shocking details of the horrific crime.

 

Kedal, an expert in artificial intelligence, was taken into custody by Railway Intelligence wing from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station on Monday night when he was trying to escape the city. The young man told police that he went to Chennai these days and reached Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.
 

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Kedal confessed to the crime and told police that he killed his parents on last Wednesday. Relative Lalitha was executed on Saturday. The suspect said he killed his parents as part of Satan worship. He said he was trying to release the soul of the victims by executing them. Police found the dead bodies in his residence at Nandancode on early morning on Sunday.

Kedal said he was trying to release the soul of the victims by executing them.

 

Kedal set the house on fire after the crime

This is what Kedal told police: He invited his mother to his room on Wednesday on the pretext of showing her the new computer game he created. Then she hacked her to death with an axe. His father Raja Thankam and sister Caroline were not at home then. When they returned in the afternoon, he invited them also to his room and killed them in the same manner. The dead bodies were shifted to the bathroom. Lalita, an elderly woman and relative of Kedal, was killed on Saturday. Later, he set the dead bodies on fire. When the fire caught up, he tried to douse it, causing burn injuries on his legs.

Kedal bought the axe online and made a dummy of himself.

Months back, Kedal bought the axe online and made a dummy of himself. He said he was trying to bring the soul out of the body through astral projection.

 

Police found four dead bodies in the house. One of the dead bodies was found in a sack inside a bathroom

On Saturday night, he left home and went to Chennai and stayed in a lodge. When he saw his photographs in television, he left there and returned to Thiruvananthapuram on Monday night.  

 

Police have not taken his statements fully into confidence. “A detailed interrogation and collection of scientific evidences would be needed in the case,” said DCP Arun B Krishna said. Police shifted Kedal to a secret location for further probe after he showed symptoms of mental disturbance. The investigators have sought the help of psychologists to question the suspect. 

 

Police at crime scene

Born to a well off family, Kedal had very few friends and was very reserved, according to relatives. The police could find only a handful of contacts from his mobile phone. He joined for MBBS in Philippines but did not complete the course. Later he went to Australia and joined an Engineering College. A computer geek, Kedal left his studies midway and developed a game search engine and sold its rights to an Australian company.

 

Kedal told police that he was practicing Satan worship for the past ten years without his parents’ knowledge. He learned about it from online and tried ‘astral projection’ techniques.


The young man returned to Kerala two years back and started to live with his parents in Thiruvananthauram. He told police that he was practicing Satan worship for the past ten years without his parents’ knowledge. He learned about it from online and tried ‘astral projection’ techniques.

 

There were reports of growing influence of Satan worship and anarchist cults in various parts of the state. Rajeev Shivsankaran, a journalist, who did extensive research on the functioning of these cults in the state said in an interview that at least seven districts in the state have dedicated Satan churches. The devotees are mostly Christians and a few Hindus and most of them are youths, he told Hindu. He also wrote a novel "Thamovedam," about the cult. But there are no primary evidences to link any of these churches or cults to Kedal.