Man Charged With Tattooing Degrading Word on Wife's Back At Gunpoint

A jealous Kentucky husband allegedly decided to send a powerful message to his wife by tattooing a horrifically degrading word on her back, according to police. Michael Joseph, 30, was driving home with his wife from Lexington when he reportedly began arguing with her after he suspected she was texting her ex-boyfriend in the car. When they returned to their home, police say Joseph retrieved his gun and told his wife he was going to give her a tattoo. She resisted and he allegedly placed the gun to her head and forcibly engraved the word "slut" onto her back.


Joseph's wife reportedly told police he had assaulted her with a gun all the way from Lexington -- charges the man has denied because, he claims, she doesn't have cuts or bruises to prove it. He also denies giving his wife the tattoo and suggests it would be pretty easy for the woman to get revenge on him by asking someone else to tattoo "slut" on her back.

It shouldn't shock anyone to learn that the victim's family has reportedly lived in fear of Joseph for years AND that this isn't the first time he has been in trouble with the law. This particular incident allegedly took place in May 2014. In that same year, Joseph was charged with terrorist threatening for telling his wife he would kill her if she ever left him.

And Joseph was reportedly arrested in 2013 and convicted of stabbing a man in a Walmart parking lot.

Joseph faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault, and wanton endangerment for this latest incident. He is being held on $15,000 cash bail.

What do you think about the details of this alleged crime? 

Image via Anderson County Detention Center

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