Allan Menzies, 23, of Fauldhouse, West Lothian, was jailed for life in Edinburgh for the brutal killing of 21-year-old Thomas McKendrick, who was stabbed 42 times. Menzies, who became known as the vampire killer, told a court that he had been ordered to kill by a character in the film Queen of the Damned, with which he was obsessed and had watched more than 100 times.
During his trial, Menzies had tried to convince the jury that he was mentally ill when he attacked Mr. McKendrick, bludgeoning him with a hammer before stabbing him.
The high court in Edinburgh had heard how Menzies, who had a vivid fantasy life, had become obsessed with the film Queen of the Damned, and its central character, a vampire called Akasha. On the day of the killing, Menzies had claimed that Mr. McKendrick made an insulting remark about the film and the character and he had “snapped,” striking Mr. McKendrick on the head at least ten times with a hammer before stabbing him. He then drank some of his victim’s blood and ate part of his skull before burying the body in a shallow grave. It was several weeks before Mr. McKendrick’s body was recovered.
Menzies said he had been ordered to kill by Akasha, who appeared before him, and promised him immortality. “At the end of the day, I knew I would have to murder somebody anyway, so … if you did not murder somebody you could not become a vampire,” he told the court.