An Albany Park man is charged with murder after he beat his older brother to death with a baseball bat in their home early Tuesday, according to Chicago police. The alleged killing followed weeks of disturbing Facebook posts in which the victim and others encouraged the accused man to get psychiatric help.
Police were called to a home on the 4800 block of North Central Park at 5:22 a.m. Tuesday by a man who reported that his brother had killed his other brother in their basement apartment.
Officers found 28-year-old Phillip Noffz dead at the scene and arrested his younger brother, Carl, nearby. Carl Noffz used a baseball bat to strike Phillip multiple times in the head and face, police said.
During a bond hearing on Thursday morning, prosecutors said Carl Noffz woke another brother who was sleeping in their apartment and said he had killed Phillip with a baseball bat. Carl Noffz told the surviving brother that the two of them should leave the house.
Police found a baseball batt behind a dresser in Carl Noffz’s bedroom and he admitted to striking Phillip six times “until he was sure he was dead,” prosecutors said. Noffz told police he “should have done it years ago,” according to allegations made in bond court.
Over recent months, Phillip Noffz was among several people who encouraged his younger brother to get help after seeing disturbing and unusual posts on Facebook. Carl Noffz’s social media activity includes plans to take a rocket ship to Jupiter where he could enjoy immortal life and unsettling claims about being the victim of sex crimes.
“Carl I’ve kept quiet on this sh*t for too f*cking long,” Phillip Noffz wrote in response to a June post from his younger brother. “You really need to get some help and maybe think about going on medication. Considering your obsession with abuse I think you probably were abused as a child. Please if anyone is reading this post and you give a f*ck about Carl at all please try to make him accept that he needs help and needs to start taking medication. He won’t listen to me. I’m f*cking done this family has been through enough stop this shit and get some f*cking help. Somebody please f*cking back me up y’all know he’s not right in the head. F*ck.”
Other friends offered to listen and encouraged Carl Noffz to get professional help.
Judge Mary Marubio ordered Noffz held without bail.