The Chilling Case of Taylor Schabusiness: Obsession, Murder and Mutilation

“I watched his face turn purple. I didn’t stop.”

Jonathan Harker

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In the early morning hours of February 23, 2022, a gruesome discovery was made at a home in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Tara Pakanich called police after finding her son’s severed head in a bucket, covered by a shower towel. The mutilated remains of 24-year-old Shad Thyrion were scattered in Pakanich’s basement by his girlfriend, 25-year-old Taylor Schabusiness. According to the criminal complaint, when Officer Alex Wanish of the Green Bay Police Department arrived at the scene around 3:25am, he observed “a human head inside the bucket” and “what appeared to be dried blood on a nearby mattress.” Thyrion’s head and genitals were left in the bucket, while his torso, stuffed with his own foot, and chunks of flesh were found in the basement.

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A Chilling Confession

During her interrogation, Schabusiness admitted the killing began as consensual choking during sex that went too far. “I just didn’t stop,” she told detectives. “I watched his face turn purple, he was coughing up blood, and he was pissing himself. I still…

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Jonathan Harker

Hey! My name is Jonathan. I’m a true crime writer and podcast producer.