Update:

Patricia WardPolice have identified the victim in the gruesome Long Island beheading as Patricia Ward, a former professor at State University of New York-Farmingdale.

Sixty-six year old Ward was killed by her son, Derek Ward, 35, who had a psychiatric record dating back a decade and a brief rap sheet.

Police said Derek Ward was carrying a Smith & Wesson pistol and 100 valiums when they found his found on the train tracks.

Original story

A Long Island, New York, man beheads his mother inside her Farmingdale apartment before committing suicide by jumping in front of an oncoming LIRR train.

Residents on Secatogue Avenue said when they first saw the headless body in the middle of the street around 7:55 p.m. Tuesday they thought it was a Halloween hoax.

Neighbor, Nick Gordon, told reporters “I looked through my window and saw the body down there…..I saw the lady laying right in front and her head was across the street, close to the corner.”

Forty-one year old Jack Imperial, who saw the body from a taxi, told reporters “the body’s feet were at the curb, the shoulders were at the middle of the street.  Imperial said the victim’s head was across the street.

Authorities said the suspect beheaded his 60-something year old mother inside her apartment then dragged her headless body down the stairwell before placing it in the middle of the street.

About 20 minutes after police were called to the gruesome scene, MTA police received calls of a man in his 30s, who stepped in front of a Ronkonkoma-bound Long Island Rail Road train near the Clinton Street crossing.

There are reports that the suspect was seen kicking his mother’s head in the street.

Nassau County Police have not identified the names of the deceased.