KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A Tennessee woman walked up to a local news reporter and confessed on-camera to stabbing her mother, insisting it was justified because her mother was part of a satanic cult.
“The satanic cult in this city has been casting satanic spells on me for three, four days. I’m exhausted. I came home and found out my mom was the ringleader and was trying to kill my daughter,” Katie Nichols told CBS affiliate WVLT-TV after abruptly walking up to reporters covering her mother’s murder Tuesday afternoon.
“I had to kill her – she was going to kill both of us. She was so powerful, I had no idea – I had no idea that my mother was that powerful,” Nichols continued.
The reporter called police and Nichols was arrested.
Knoxville authorities told WVLT that Nichols’ 61-year-old mother was stabbed
in the chest, neck and stomach around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in her Knoxville apartment. The victim was taken to U.T. Medical Center where she underwent surgery.
“When I left, she was still breathing. I stabbed her three times and she should have died,” Nichols told WVLT. “She was still breathing. I don’t know what happened to her afterwards or where they took her, but she was the anti-Christ. She did not die.”
Nichols said that she and her daughter hid out in her car after the crime until “it was safe to come back.”
A neighbor of the victim told WVLT that Nichols is not emotionally stable and “needs quite a bit of help.”
Nichols is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. She is being held at the Knox County Jail.