Man Arrested for Killing Mother-in-Law Says He Was on 'Vapor High' From Floor Chemical

We've heard some strange excuses over the years for murder, but this has to be one of the strangest. A man charged with killing his mother-in-law in front of his 6-year-old daughter blames it on the polyurethane he was using to seal her floor. Paul Orchard, from Peru, Maine, was reportedly sealing his MIL's floor when he got a "vapor high" from polyurethane fumes and "lost it."


Orchard is not only accused of strangling his mother-in-law, Paula Nuttall, to death while his terrified daughter screamed at him to stop, but of sexually assaulting her too!

Police say when they arrived at the home in response to a 911 call (unclear who made the call), the man was still sexually assaulting the victim. They say he seemed confused and was calling his MIL his wife, saying, "I killed my wife!" His wife, however, was at work at the time.

During a prison phone call, Orchard told his mother that he was sealing his MIL's floor when he got high from fumes and lost control. He reportedly wasn't wearing a mask during the work.

Police say Orchard was naked and covered in polyurethane when they arrived, and he was taken to the hospital for ingesting some of the chemical.

The little girl who witnessed the attack could reportedly be heard screaming, "Daddy, please stop it; please stop it!" during the 911 call.

It will be interesting to see if his lawyer pleads temporary insanity -- and if a jury believes it. Word to the wise: Wear a mask if you're going to be breathing chemical fumes.

It's horrific to think that this poor woman's moments were filled with such terror -- her own son-in-law strangling her and sexually assaulting her. And how tragic for the little girl who witnessed this. It's just crazy.

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It will also be interesting to find out what the relationship was like between the MIL and Orchard. If they had a good relationship, and the man had no history of violence, this could go a long way toward bolstering the theory that he murdered during vapor-induced psychosis.

Truly bizarre and tragic!

Have you ever heard of this?


Image via Peru, Maine, police

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