The terrorist who killed 84 people when he plowed a truck into a Bastille Day celebration in France last year was a controlling and manipulative husband who urinated on his wife as an act of humiliation and once stabbed his childs teddy bear out of pure rage.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian who moved to Nice in 2005, was shot dead on July 14 by police officers trying to stop the carnage.
In interviews with police after the attack, the 31-year-olds estranged wife, Hajer Khalfallah, detailed their tumultuous relationship, according to GQ.
The couple, who were first cousins, married in 2006, and their relationship was happy at the start, Khalfallah said. But slowly, he became ornery and bitter and then deranged and violent, she said.
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Bouhlels first grievances against his wife seemed innocuous, she said. He complained about her cooking and told her she spent too much time with her mother, she said.
Eventually he began beating her and then the abuse grew into twisted psychological warfare.
Bouhlel began urinated on his wifes feet as a way to humiliate her, she told police. Sometimes, hed pour wine on her face as she slept, another act meant to shame his practicing Muslim wife, who abstained from drinking alcohol.
Once, he defecated on their separate beds, Khalfallah said, and then smeared his own feces all over their homes walls.
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He became increasing possessive of his wife and demanded she get his permission any time she left the house. Once time, when Khalfallah went out despite her husbands objections, Bouhlel grabbed one of his childrens stuffed animals and gutted it with a knife, she said in a deposition.
Khalfallah insisted that her husbands deranged, manipulative behavior was all an attempt to get her to leave him.
He wanted to push me to divorce him so that he could go live a bachelors life, go out with girls, go clubbing, she told police.
The two separated, and he began dating again. Many of the women he met later testified to his controlling nature and questionable mental health.
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Mohamed was a womanizer, a sexual obsessive, one woman who knew Bouhlel from a salsa class they both took police. Its all he talked about that was his principal characteristic.
Another said she was concerned for his well-being, but didnt think he was a danger to anyone.
I saw him as someone who was troubled, fragile, and unstable, but not at all dangerous, she told investigators.