I killed ‘em to experiment with astral projection: accused in Nanthancode murders

Cadell Jeansen Raja, the accused in police custody in connection with the multiple murders at Nanthancode, made a strange revelation before the probe team on Tuesday.

Published: 12th April 2017 04:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th April 2017 05:21 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Cadell Jeansen Raja, the accused in police custody in connection with the multiple murders at Nanthancode, made a strange revelation before the probe team on Tuesday. He admitted to killing his parents, sister and a relative to experiment with ‘astral projection.’ 

Cadell’s confession startled the police so much so that they consulted various psychiatrists for assistance from them to interrogate him. Though he admitted to the crime, his vague and contrary statements confused the probe team.


Cadell, 30, nabbed by the Railway Police from the first platform of the Thampanoor railway station on Monday evening, has been booked under Section 302 (punishment for murder), Section 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house) and Section 201  (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the Indian Penal Code.


According to the investigators, Cadell had revealed some ‘parapsychological beliefs’ he had in the mind for the past few years.

‘’Cadell had an obsession with these kinds of parapsychological beliefs, including astral projection. Cadell told us he had experimented with the ‘separation of the spirits’ from the body. In fact, he was living in a virtual world without even going out from his residence for quite some time. However, the interrogation is on,” said K E Baiju, who heads the probe team. 

The police team also accompanied expert psychiatrists from the Medical College Hospital to interrogate Cadell whose arrest was officially recorded late on Tuesday.

He will be produced before the magistrate on Wednesday. Cadell was also subjected to a medical examination at the MCH after shifting him for the second round of interrogation at the Commissioner’s office.

ADGP (South Zone) B Sandhya also interrogated him. Cadell is expected to be brought to the crime spot on Wednesday for collection of evidence. 

Meanwhile, unconfirmed police reports said psychiatrists have diagnosed him with schizophrenia, a chronic mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. He has been undergoing this disorder for the past few years and was not given any treatment. 

On interrogation, Cadell said he had allegedly murdered the family members using an axe bought through an online platform.

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