When I left, she was still breathing. I stabbed her three times and she should have died. She was still breathing. I don't know what happened to her afterwards or where they took her, but she was the antichrist - she did not die," said Nichols.
A Knoxville, Tennessee news crew was covering the near-fatal stabbing of a 61-year-old woman at an apartment complex Tuesday morning when the victim's apparently disturbed daughter approached them and confessed to the crime, with the camera rolling.
The insane coverage of Katie Nichols' confession was captured by WVLT reporter Hilary Magacs and her crew; Magacs even called 911 to summon police, and the crew televised Nichols' subsequent arrest in real time.
It all started as Magacs interviewed a neighbor of the victim, who said without any doubt that Nichols, the woman's daughter, was the attacker:
"I almost kind of hope that she does come back through here so we can get the authorities to get her," she said.
Not five minutes later, it happened - Nichols walked up to our camera.
"The satanic cult in this city has been casting satanic spells on me for three, four days. I'm exhausted. I came home and found out my mom was the ringleader and was trying to kill my daughter," said Katie Nichols.
Nichols said she had to act because her mom was putting curses on them.
"I had to kill her -she was going to kill both of us. She was so powerful, I had no idea - I had no idea that my mother was that powerful," said Nichols.
Deputies said Nichols' mother was stabbed in the neck, chest and stomach - and was rushed to the hospital for surgery.
"When I left, she was still breathing. I stabbed her three times and she should have died. She was still breathing. I don't know what happened to her afterwards or where they took her, but she was the antichrist - she did not die," said Nichols.
Neighbors conveyed their thanks and relief to the TV crew, but Nichols remained adamant that she'd done the right thing in stabbing her mother: "She had symbolic representations of my death, my daughter's death, every nuclear explosion that was supposed to happen," Nichols said, her voice wavering. "That's not going to happen now. Because all of the satanic cult has been rounded up and killed now."