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CNN on 09/17/2015
Sheriff’s deputies discovered a virtual warehouse of knives, swords, machetes and hatchets inside a house trailer when they arrested a Florida woman, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
In total, deputies counted 3,714 bladed weapons, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Denise Moloney said.
Each room in the trailer had at least 500 weapons, she said. Photos released by the sheriff’s department showed swords and knives arranged so densely as to create a wall of weapons. Investigators found no firearms.
Moloney didn’t know why Dykema had collected so many bladed weapons. “It looks like she had an obsession with them,” she said.
Deputies found other strange things in the Brooksville residence, like an altar with skulls arranged around it, Moloney said.
“It appears there was some satanic thing going on,” Moloney said. “She had pictures of pentagrams, there were fake body parts, the kind that you can buy from the Halloween store, and skeletons on the wall with knives protruding out of them.”
Nickcole Ellen Fay Dykema, 47, even ” ‘booby trapped’ many of the bladed weapons, blankets, floors inside, and even the yard outside the residence,” Moloney said.
Five deputies suffered cuts removing the weapons and required medical treatment, she said.
It took five hours to arrest Dykema, CNN affiliate WTSP reported.
Dykema wouldn’t come out of the trailer Tuesday night when probation and parole officers tried to arrest her on felony warrants, the sheriff’s department said in a press release.
She’d violated her probation when she was caught on security video cutting screens at a neighbor’s house, WTSP reported.