The Connecticut father, who confessed to murdering his family at their Florida home near Disney World, wanted them to “cross over to the other side together” before the apocalypse, his trial heard this week.
Physical therapist Anthony Todt, 46, had confessed to poisoning and stabbing his wife, three children and dog after he was found with their decomposing bodies at their new home in Celebration in January 2020.
He later blamed his late wife, Megan, and the jury began deliberating Thursday on four first-degree murder charges, all of which he denies, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
However, the jury was shown Tuesday Todt’s videotaped confession, in which he detailed stabbing and choking sons Alek, 13, and Tyler, 11, after first choking 4-year-old daughter Zoe, the report said .
He then “picked up a pillow and smothered” his 42-year-old wife Megan after she stabbed herself in the stomach as part of their death pact — one they even discussed with the children beforehand, the trial heard.
Todt then told detectives that “everybody had to die to get to the other side together because the apocalypse was coming,” Assistant District Attorney Danielle Pinnell told the Osceola County Courthouse, according to the Sentinel.
He said he then tried to kill himself several times by attempting to overdose on Benadryl and hanging himself, though he “evaded” stabbing himself, the report said.
He confessed after he was found with the decomposing bodies in a Jan. 13 FBI raid aimed at arresting him on federal health care fraud related to his Connecticut physical therapy business, the court heard.
The jury viewed bodycam footage that showed Todt telling congressmen and FBI agents that his wife was only asleep and even screamed her name.
Instead, officers found Todt’s wife, children and dog wrapped in blankets in the master bedroom, where they appeared to have been for weeks, the Sentinel report said.
“The bodies were discolored — black and blue,” one of the federal officials, Michael Phelps, told the trial. Todt was also charged with animal cruelty for killing the family dog, Breezy.
Despite his lengthy confession, Todt later denied any involvement – and blamed his now-deceased wife.
“I came home and my kids were dead,” Todt testified Wednesday, claiming his wife is still alive and confessed to killing her with a poisoned cake, according to the Sentinel reports.
“That was the most horrible day of my life. What made it even more horrible is that my wife died before my eyes too,” he said.
He insisted his wife was fixated on reincarnation after a series of health problems and said she was convinced that if they “burn off the family karma” they would be reincarnated to a better life.
Despite this, he insisted that there was no way he could stop the slaughter.
“Everything was fine. … I didn’t see that coming,” he insisted, according to the Sentinel.
He told the court he had no recollection of the confession, which the jury watched for hours Tuesday.
“I represented my wife… Apparently unsuccessful. I had no idea how my children died,” he insisted.
“My testimony today is the fact that Megan killed her children and killed herself … I said things that were proven wrong,” he said in court, according to the Sentinel.
The jury deliberated Thursday on the four murder charges as well
a case of animal cruelty for allegedly also killing the family dog, Breezy.
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