| Graham Nicholas Norby-Vardac is escorted from the office of Lycoming County District Judge Gary Whiteman last Tuesday after being arraigned on criminal homicide and other charges related to the beating death of Donald Kleese Jr. (John Beauge, for PennLive)|
By John Beauge
WILLIAMSPORT - A man charged with killing an 82-year-old Lycoming County man with a shovel wrote in his diary that he was going to Canada to be free.
Graham Nicholas Norby-Vardac, 23, of Alexandria, VA., is charged with breaking into the rural home of Donald Kleese Jr. on April 5, killing the 82-year-old and stealing his station wagon, cans of food and $8.75 in coins.
He was driving the station wagon the next day when he was detained as he tried to enter Canada on the Peace Bridge that crosses the Niagara River at Buffalo.
Norby-Vardac's father, Eric Vardac, said in a telephone interview Sunday that his son wrote of going to Canada in his diary, and mentioned going to the United Kingdom, but does not mention killing anyone along the way.
"He's so crazy," Eric Vardac said. "I have diary notes to prove it. ... He thinks he is 124 million years old and is a banished warrior from the planet Angron."