Texas man admits to killing five people including his roommate and girlfriend - and three others found in a burning dumpster- after claiming the Bible compelled him to sacrifice them
- Jason Thornburg, 41, confessed to killing three people found dismembered and burning in a Fort Worth dumpster, as well as his room mate and girlfriend
- Thornburg, who police said killed and butchered three people in six days at his motel room, said he 'believed he was being called to commit sacrifices'
- Police caught the killer by cross-checking 7,000 Jeep Cherokee owners and alighted on Thornburg, who was a suspect in a suspicious death earlier this year
- Upon his arrest on Monday, Thornburg also admitted to killing 61-year-old Mark Jewell on May 21, then setting the apartment they shared ablaze
- They found his car at a motel and saw Thornburg carrying bins of what they think are body parts to his car their surveillance footage on the night of September 21
- One of the victims, 42-year-old David Lueras, had been staying with him in the motel for several days before deciding he 'needed to be sacrificed'
- Lueras was ID'd using a tattoo of his own name across his back which he posted on Facebook, which had been left partially unburned, and a 'penis implant'
- Police think they have identified the two female victims found in the dumpster, but the Fort Worth Medical Examiner has yet to confirm
A Texas man said he believed he was 'being called to commit sacrifices' by God when he killed five people.
Jason Thornburg, 41, admitted to cops he slit the throats of one man and two women, dismembered their bodies in a bathtub and then set their corpses ablaze in a dumpster.
He also confessed to killing his roommate and his girlfriend.
Thornburg was arrested Monday on a capital murder charge in the deaths of the three people whose bodies were found in the burning dumpster in Fort Worth on Sept. 22, police said.
Surveillance footage of a Jeep at the site of the flaming dumpster led them to Thornburg.
Police tracked the Jeep to the Mid-City Inn in Euless and obtained footage from the night of September 21 that they said shows Thornburg wearing a hazmat suit and carrying plastic bins from his room to his car around 5.30 pm.
Cops believe those bins were filled with the body parts of a man and two women who were found burning by Fort Worth firefighters at 6.15 am the next morning, Homicide Detective Sergeant Joe Loughman said.
Thornburg agreed to an interview with detectives and told them he had in-depth knowledge of the Bible and believed he was being called to 'commit sacrifices,' according to his arrest warrant.
Thornburg admitted that he killed David Lueras, 42, and burned is body in the dumpster.
Cops matched his back tattoo to a post on his Facebook page, police said.
During an autopsy, the discovery of Luares' distinctive 'penis implant' - a surgically-implanted, inflatable device to remedy erectile dysfunction - solidified law enforcement's identification of his body.
Jason Thornburg, 41, was arrested Monday on a capital murder charge in the deaths of the three people whose bodies were found in the burning dumpster in Fort Worth on Sept. 22, police said
Police saw Jason Thornburg on the Mid-City Inn's security footage at 5.30pm carrying plastic bins they think contained dismembered body parts. The next day, three desiccated bodies were found burning in a Fort Worth dumpster at 6.15 am. Upon his arrest for the killings, Thornburg confessed to the May 21 killing of his room mate Mark Jewell, 61, and subsequent torching of the apartment they shared on Valentine Street
Pictured is the charred spot where the burning dumpster containing the remains of three victims was discovered in Fort Worth on September 22 - Jason Thornburg confessed to the killings, and to killing his room mate earlier this year and his girlfriend from Arizona before his arrest on Monday
Thornburg told officers that about five days before the bodies were discovered, David Lueras (pictured) had showed up at his motel room
Thornburg told officers that about five days before the bodies were discovered in the dumpster, Lueras had showed up at his motel room.
Believing that Lueras 'needed to be sacrificed,' the confessed killer said he cut Lueras' throat and then cut him into pieces in the bathtub.
The dismembered body sat for two days, first in trash bags then in plastic storage bins, before a woman, who he described to police as a 'very small Hispanic female' visited his room.
He cut her throat and put her dismembered body in the storage tubs. He told police he tried to stab the second woman, but ended up strangling her, according to the affidavit.
Police said that Thornburg only knew the women casually.
Although police said that they believe they have the identities of the slain women, a spokesperson from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office told Dailymail.com that 'because of the state of the bodies it’s going to take some time' to confirm.
Thornburg admitted he had stayed at the motel since late July after killing his previous roommate, Mark Jewell, 61, and burning down their apartment with the body inside.
According to the arrest warrant, Thornburg told officers that he uncapped a natural gas line and lit a candle after slitting his room mate's throat.
Police identified the male victim as David Lueras, 42 - although the bodies were scorched beyond recognition, a tattoo with the letters 'UERAS' on his back led detectives to the man's Facebook, where a picture of the back piece was posted
After tracking the Jeep to the Mid-City Inn in Euless, police obtained footage from the motel from the night of September 21 that they said shows Thornburg wearing a hazmat suit and carrying plastic bins from his room to his car around 5.30 pm
According to the arrest warrant, Thornburg told officers that he uncapped a natural gas line at the apartment he shared with 61-year-old Jewell (pictured) and lit a candle after slitting his room mate's throat on May 21 - at the time, the medical examiner had not been able to determine Jewell's cause of death. Although Thornburg was a suspect in the suspicious death, police 'did not have probable cause to make an arrest'
At the time, the medical examiner had not been able to determine Jewell's cause of death.
Although Thornburg was a suspect, Loughman said, 'we did not have probable cause to make an arrest.'
When police asked Thornburg about any other sacrifices, he said he also sacrificed his girlfriend in Arizona, according to the arrest warrant. The arrest warrant said records show she had been reported missing.
Police did not provide additional details on her: 'We have been in contact with local law enforcement in that state and I wont’ be speaking to the details of that - I will let them speak on that,' said Loughman.
The desiccated body sat for two days, first in trash bags then in plastic storage bins before a woman who he described to police as a 'very small Hispanic female' visited his motel room (pictured) - likewise, he cut her throat and put her dissected body in the storage tubs.
Thornburg had been seen outside his motel room reading his bible - residents said he had talked about God and his desire to help people, according to Eyewitness 11.
Loughman said that the Fort Worth Police Department had been contacted by other jurisdictions throughout the country who had unsolved murders under similar circumstances as the ones committed by Thornburg.
Thornburg told police that he used a 'Milwaukee brand straight blade knife' to dismember the bodies - the box for that brand of knife was allegedly found by police in the room, but the department did not divulge further findings
Thornburg told police that he used a 'Milwaukee brand straight blade knife' to dismember the bodies - the box for that brand of knife was allegedly found by police in the room, but the department did not divulge further findings. 'I hope this gets out nationally and internationally... and if there are any investigations ongling in other jurisdictions they will reach out to us,' he said.
'In my time in the homicide unit, we don’t have anything that resembles this, Loughman said.
'I really couldn’t go into the psyche of someone who could do this… he doesn’t have an extensively violent criminal history, but he did not give us any details that would ascertain[a motive].'
Thornburg is being held at Tarrant County Jail on $1 million bond - his attorney was not listed in jail records. 'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the first responders showed up on scene that day and the investigators who investigated this - it’s not something anyone should have to see, but they did the job and they did it well,' said Chief Neil Noakes.
'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the first responders showed up on scene that day and the investigators who investigated this - it’s not something anyone should have to see, but they did the job and they did it well,' said Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes