A 31-year-old man, Jesus Matos Sanchez, has killed his wife, Lorraine, before taking his own life, over fears that she has been bewitched, an inquest has heard.
Their bodies were discovered at their home in Leicestershir, England, after neighbours heard shouts from their appartment.
Jesus, who believed his marriage was falling apart, strangled and stabbed his 27-year-old wife, before hanging himself.
He left a handwritten note, which reads: “She tried to kill me first in a frenzied zombie attack and I have acted in self defence.”
In 2009, his wife, who was 18 then, wore a face cover, as she stabbed her sleeping mother, Sisbsisiwe Mbulawa, five times with a kitchen knife.
However, she was cleared of attempted murder and convicted of the lesser charge of unlawful wounding, after telling jurors that the spirit of her dead grandmother had appeared to her while in bed.
During her trial in 2009, Lorraine claimed her dead grandmother told her that her mother had killed her father, and she should do the “honourable thing” by avenging his death.
Psychiatrists, who examined her said she was not suffering from any mental illness. The jury agreed that she knew what she was doing.
But the A-level student, who was born in Zimbabwe, was set free after she was given a 12-month prison sentence.
At the inquest into the couple’s death on Thursday, a coroner heard that there was no clear evidence of fights or any previous history of domestic violence between the couple.
The only visible injuries found on the woman, who was found face down on a bed, were a small hand scratch and a broken fingernail.
Two knives that were not were found by police in front and rear bedrooms.
Catherine Mason, a senior coroner, told Leicester Coroner’s Court that “Just because there was no evidence of a frenzied attack doesn’t mean there wasn’t one.”
The bodies of the couple, who worshipped at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, were found on November 27, last year.
Three days earlier, Mr Matos Sanchez had sent texts to his wife’s work colleagues impersonating her.
The security guard, who hailed from the Caribbean, admitted in the note: “I can’t live with myself. I have called her workplace and lied that she’s not coming in. I’ve got to go now.”