Patient killed his chiropractor by clubbing his jaw several times with a blunt instrument

Patient killed his chiropractor by clubbing his jaw several times with a blunt instrument

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Patient killed his chiropractor by clubbing his jaw several times with a blunt instrument in ‘poetic perverse irony’ because he blamed him for his own worsening jaw pain

  • Dr James Sowa, 64, was found dead at his chiropractic office in Pennsylvania
  • Joseph O’Boyle, 23, of Bensalem, had been a patient of Dr Sowa’s in September
  • O’Boyle entered Dr Sowa’s office on November 2, 2020, without an appointment 

By Jonathan Rose For Mailonline

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A patient killed his chiropractor by clubbing his jaw several times with a blunt instrument because he blamed him for making his own jaw pain worse. 

Dr James Sowa, 64, was found dead at his home which is also the site of his chiropractic office in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, a town about 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia, on November 2, 2020.

Joseph O’Boyle, 23, had been a patient of Dr Sowa’s in September, but blamed him for worsening his jaw pain and told relatives he wanted to sue the chiropractor.

CCTV footage revealed O’Boyle entered Dr Sowa’s office on November 2, without an appointment, and only spent a minute in the building.

A patient killed his chiropractor by clubbing his jaw several times with a blunt instrument because he blamed him for making his own jaw pain worse

He attacked Dr Sowa by hitting him three times on the back of the head with a blunt object and fractured his skull, according to investigators.

While Dr Sowa was on the floor, O’Boyle repeatedly struck his jaw area killing him.

County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub called the killing ‘poetic perverse irony’ as O’Boyle inflicted deadly injuries to the jaw, the same area of the body he sought treatment, Fox 29 Philadelphia reported.

According to the district attorney, O’Boyle’s father confronted him about Dr Sowa, and he became agitated and began rubbing his jaw. 

CCTV footage revealed O’Boyle entered Dr Sowa’s office (above) on November 2, without an appointment, and only spent a minute in the building

When detectives served a search warrant at O’Boyle’s residence, he lunged at one and punched him in the head multiple times.

He subsequently confessed to his father that he had murdered Dr Sowa.

O’Boyle entered an open guilty plea to criminal homicide, criminal trespassing, and possession of an instrument of crime.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and simple assault.

O’Boyle is due to appear in court on June 6 to determine the degree of homicide and a sentencing hearing will be set at a later date. 

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