A wannabe serial killer who went to middle school when he fatally cut the throat of a 14-year-old classmate has died behind bars in Florida, online records show.
Michael Hernandez was a 31-year-old inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institute outside Jacksonville when he collapsed and died Thursday – possibly due to an overdose of drugs, according to the Florida Department of Corrections and local CBS-affiliated WFOR.
An official cause of death for Hernandez has not yet been revealed, although no wild game is suspected, authorities said.
But he was seen in a video that collapsed, and two sources familiar with the incident said it appears Hernandez may have died of drugs, the outlet said.
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Hernandez – who was obsessed with serial killers and had devised a list of people he wanted to murder – then stabbed Gough 40 times and cut his throat.
The kiddie devil went to class afterwards – with the bloody knife in his backpack.
A teacher noticed the blood on the student and called the police.
Hernandez tried to use an insane defense at trial, but the jury pushed out and found him guilty and ordered him to serve life behind bars.
His victim’s father, Jorge Gough, said he was “shocked” to hear of Hernandez’s death.
“I did not expect this at all,” the Gough told the Miami Herald.
What his son said, the father said, “We miss him, and the big question is: What would he be today?”
With mail cables