Cops: Girlfriend gave detailed account of gruesome Calumet Township killing

2012-05-01T10:00:00Z 2012-05-01T11:20:53Z Cops: Girlfriend gave detailed account of gruesome Calumet Township killingBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
May 01, 2012 10:00 am  • 

CALUMET TOWNSHIP | The remains of an adult male found buried behind a Calumet Township home may have been there for more than two years, investigators said Monday.

Calvin Peacock, 31, of the 3900 block of Calhoun Street, was arrested and charged with murder Saturday in connection with the case. He is being held at the Lake County Jail.

The remains were found Friday in the backyard of Peacock's home next to a fire pit after police received a tip earlier in the week about the possibility of human remains on the property.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained Monday, police were alerted last week to the remains after Peacock's girlfriend contacted her father, a Hammond chiropractor, about the killing.

During an interview with police Thursday, the woman produced a typed document detailing the slaying of a drifter the couple knew as "Kevin" as well as two diagrams of the Calhoun Street residence and property.

Details of the slaying include use of a pick ax to the deceased's forehead as well as his throat being slit, as described in the document.

According to Indiana State Police, Stephen Nawrocki, a forensic anthropologist with the University of Indianapolis, spent Saturday working to collect evidence and coordinate recovery efforts.

Evidence was recovered that may provide details needed to identify the deceased, police said, but a positive identification could take several weeks.

The typed document submitted to police states:

About mid-October 2009, a man the woman had met before at Peacock's house was discovered sleeping on the couch.

Peacock is alleged to have been upset the man did not wake up the couple to ask to stay.

"Kevin" slept on the couch a couple of nights longer before asking to stay a month or two, but the woman refused because she feared his stealing to support his drug addiction.

The same night, Peacock is alleged to have been drinking heavily and waking up the woman to complain of "Kevin" having stolen his grandfather's shotgun during a previous stay.

When she awoke to Peacock screaming, "this is for my grandfather's shotgun," the woman saw Peacock holding a pick ax in his hand and a hole in "Kevin's" forehead.

"Kevin" was still alive when Peacock is alleged to have slit his throat.

"There was blood everywhere," the woman stated in the document.

She gagged at the sight and Peacock allegedly forced her to help drag the man's body into the garage.

Peacock is alleged to have cut away a circle of the bloodied carpet to take to a burn pile on the property and threatened to take the pick ax to the woman if she did not help him clean up the mess.

While the woman mopped the trail of blood, Peacock reportedly hauled the bloodied couch, the man's belongings and the couple's clothing and shoes to the burn pile before passing out.

Peacock decided to bury the body two days later, forcing the woman to dig a hole. About 3 feet down, Peacock and the woman carried the body to the hole, which was too small, allegedly prompting Peacock to dismember the body with a saw.

Peacock reportedly chased the woman around the yard holding a severed arm, which the woman claims she was nearly forced to eat.

"I have lived in fear for the past one and one-half years," the woman states in the document. "I feel like I am signing my death sentence here, but it is going to happen regardless so I just want my children safe."

Indiana State Police said Monday morning the investigation is ongoing.

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