Evie Amati stepped into a Sydney convenience store in the dead of the night brandishing an axe, with a bright yellow kitchen knife tucked into her back pocket and a sinister smile plastered across her face.
She slipped passed customer Sharon Hacker before stopping to speak to Benjamin Rimmer at the counter, who initially thought the red-handled weapon was a fancy dress prop.
The transgender 26-year-old then ploughed the axe into Mr Rimmer's face, felling him, before swinging it into Ms Hacker's thick dreadlocks and leaving the Enmore 7-Eleven on January 7 in 2017.
She confronted pedestrian Shane Redwood, who used his backpack to fend off two blows, then ran for his life.
Amati had pleaded not guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to murder and one count of attempting to wound with intent to murder.
But after two days of deliberations, a NSW District Court jury on Friday found Amati had wanted to kill all three.
Amati sat in stunned silence as the verdicts were handed down, but later sobbed as she was comforted by her barrister Charles Waterstreet.
He had submitted his "super intelligent" client was suffering from a "mental derangement" at the time, and her fragile mind was affected by a toxic mixture of drugs including gender transition hormone medication.
But crown prosecutor Daniel McMahon argued Amati had not proved she was experiencing a psychosis, submitting she was driven by a deep-seated anger at the world and people.
She believed people were repulsed by her because she was transgender and took her anger out while disinhibited by drugs and alcohol, he said.
Amati told the jury she had been on a failed Tinder date, taking a pill she thought was ecstasy, and drinking.
She said she started hearing "inaudible whispers" on the walk home but smoked two joints to "anaesthetise" herself, rocked back-and-forth and listened to her favourite song - Flatline by US metal band Periphery.
"I only really had one more memory ... that voice that had been telling me to kill and maim, and inflict pain on people, and start the rise of hell on earth," Amati testified.
"I recall everything going quiet and feeling that voice come inside and I remember that smile, the smile that was not mine, a sinister smile that plastered my face that I couldn't control."
Mr Rimmer was in the public gallery to hear the verdicts while Ms Hacker arrived seconds after it was delivered.
"I really hope she's able to have some sort of rehabilitation because ultimately that's what justice is about. It's to make sure people become better people than what they could be at the time," Ms Hacker said outside court.
Amati will face a sentence hearing on September 12.