A 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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