The Corona dad suspected of slitting the throats of his wife and 14-year-old son claims he has suffered from multiple personality disorder since childhood, and that his alter ego Roberto was "responsible for everything I did that was bad," suspect Otto Herrarte told investigators.
"I was very young when I started hearing these things in my head and then Roberto came and he took control of my body," said the 48-year-old, who told cops that Roberto had argued with his wife about money before the slayings. "He likes to play Otto a lot. Thursday I told him it was his time to go away and he was mad and told me he was going to do this bad thing…He told me that he used a knife and that they passed away fast." Herrarte apparently admitted to investigators that Otto, not Roberto, then cleaned the murder weapon, put it back in the kitchen, stuffed the bodies in black plastic bags and put them in a closet.
Relatives of the victims continue to say that they knew nothing about Herrarte's purported split personality, and that he is using the rare disorder as an excuse. "He was always the same. We spent holidays many times together and he was always the same," the son of the victim's sister, Aaron Villela, told NY1. Herrarte — who has been arraigned on two counts of murder along with evidence tampering and weapon charges — is being held without bail and has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Meanwhile, Assemblyman Jose Peralta and embattled State Sen. Hiram Monseratte have set up an education fund to help the surviving 15-year-old son, David, who was not home at the time of the attacks. Monserrate is also trying to secure visas for the victims' family in Guatemala.