Man Claims Ghost Strangled Wife -- Wow, That's a New One


ghostA Wisconsin man named Michael West was just busted for beating his wife during a domestic dispute. He was charged with attempted strangulation, battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. According to the Smoking Gun, when the cops arrived at his place, they found his wife, Rebecca, "crying very hard and bleeding from her nose."

Now, as disturbing and awful as this is, the alleged crime itself isn't the thing that's most shocking regarding this whole mess. Michael's excuse is. When policed questioned him about what happened to his wife, he told them, "A ghost did it."

After some struggle with West regarding his asinine ghost story, police officers placed him under arrest. They claim he was intoxicated and have ordered him to stay sober.

According to Rebecca’s description to police, Michael began choking her in their kitchen after they started arguing about money. Apparently, West told her that it was her fault their house is in foreclosure. To which she responded that she was the only one working -- while he sat at home. The rest is ghost-laden history. Michael denied choking his wife (see above), but admitted that the two had hit one another during their argument.

So, okay. Obviously, the main reason for this cockamamie excuse is alcohol. But what I don’t get is -- even if you’re lampshade-over-your-head-drunk -- how do you present such an argument to police officers? Did West think it was funny? And what did his wife think? Unless he were some sort of paranormal enthusiast, I imagine this came out of left field. I think Rebecca needs to pack her bags and get the hell out of dodge -- not only because of the allegations, because Michael's excuse is literally the only one in the world worse than "my dog ate my homework."

West is currently being held on a $1,000 bail. Hopefully his ghost buddy will come to his rescue.

How insane is this?


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nonmember avatar Mike M

Out of about 950 to 1,000 ghost stories that I've read on (and kept notes about), there were 4 where someone felt as though they had been choked or strangled or had marks on their neck as though they had been strangled. I don't know how much truth there is to the individual stories, but if at least one is true then yes, ghosts can strangle people. (I personally am of the opinion that the existence of ghosts is more about opening people's minds up to the existence of life after death rather than just certain individuals sticking around after death; as such, it's very rare for people to be subject to much if any physical harm from ghosts as that's not the reason for their existence/presence.) As for this story, as alcohol was involved, as this guy seems to have a history of abuse and has changed his story, as I highly doubt that a ghost would cause someone to end up with a bloody nose (I personally have experienced some physical ghostly activity but it went right through my body and I only sensed/experienced it that way), and most importantly, as the woman pressed charges against her husband rather just made the effort to get out of the house I am very much of the opinion that he just made that up as an excuse to try to get out of trouble.

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nonmember avatar Smart Lady

Ghosts do not exist.

nonmember avatar Eddie

Crazy man!

nonmember avatar Shocked

.......Is this guy for real?

nonmember avatar Karma

As about insane as your, "Wife Cuts Off Husband's Penis & Chucks It in the River" article. You lose creditibility with me on any topic about abuse. Here's a concept...try being fair when it comes to abuse.

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