Former rock musician arrested in girlfriend's murder

 January 4, 2024

A former saxophonist from the 1980s experimental rock band Mr. Bungle has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend.

Theobald "Theo" Lengyel, 54, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after police found remains near his residence in the San Francisco Bay area.

The 61-year-old victim, Alice "Alyx" Kamakaokalani Herrmann, was reported missing on December 3.

Rock musician arrested for murder

The cops immediately suspected Lengyel because he was not cooperative. Police in El Cerrito also found Hermann's car parked outside Lengyel's home.

Hermann's remains were eventually found miles away in a wooded area in Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley. The victim lived about 90 miles south in Capitola, a seaside town in Santa Cruz County.

"As the investigation progressed, it became clear that foul play was involved, leading to the identification of Theobald Lengyel as a suspect," the Capitola Police Department said in a press release.

"The investigation led investigators to recover human remains in a wooded area within Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley,” the statement continued. “The identification of the human remains is pending DNA confirmation from the Contra County Coroner’s Office.”

Suspect left band on bad terms

Mr. Bungle was formed in Eureka, California by Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, guitarist Trey Spruance and bassist Trevor Dunn in 1985.

The band is known for its bizarre sound, which blends elements of jazz, rock, ska, and heavy metal. Lengyel played saxophone and clarinet with Mr. Bungle on two albums, their debut Mr. Bungle and a follow-up, Disco Volante. 

Lengyel, who goes by the alias "Mylo Stone," spent years working in software development after he left the band, SFGate reported. His former bandmates said he was fired by the group, and he didn't take it well.

"We unanimously decided to go on without him because he wasn't growing with the rest of the band and we were running out of things for him to do. He got pissed off and I haven't heard from him since," Dunn said in a 2005 interview.

Hermann - a neuroscientist with a degree from Caltech - filed a restraining order against Lengyel in 2017 as part of a domestic violence case. They divorced that same year.

Lengyel was booked in the Santa Cruz County jail on charges of first-degree murder, burglary and auto theft.

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