According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, an Eagan woman under the influence of alcohol set fire to her home after writing her obituary and choosing the music for her funeral. While she claimed it was because her husband had been trying to kill her, she refused the officers’ requests for more information.
From the complaint:
Officers proceeded to the residence and entered through the front door. The house was full of smoke and officers did their best to search the residence for people and pets. No other people or pets were found in the residence. While in the residence officers located two different fires. One fire was in the living room where the curtains were on fire. The second fire was in an upstairs bedroom. The fire department was called to the scene and the fire was eventually extinguished.
Klatt told officers that her husband was trying to kill her; however, when officers asked atricia Joy Klatt additional questions Klatt responded that it was none of their “f*cking business.” It was later confirmed that Klatt’s husband had left the residence around midnight with one of their daughters after the initial disturbance and had not returned to the residence. Klatt was the only person at the residence at the time the fire was started.
An officer with the Eagan Police Department accompanied fire fighters into the residence after the fire had been extinguished to document the scene. The officer took photographs and noted that fire detectors appeared to have been tampered with and there was an obituary for Klatt written out on a table along with songs for her funeral. The fire marshal found at least two points of origin for the fire and perhaps three additional areas in two separate rooms where a fire had been started on lace curtains but failed to spread.
It is really sad when mental health issues spiral so far out of control that they so very seriously impact the lives of so many others. When someone gets desperate enough to kill themselves but is clearly so irrational that they would leave their obituary and list of funeral songs in the same home they planned to burn down, something has to be done to help that person towards recovery before it happens again.
Have you ever dealt with any mental health issues in your family or circle of friends? Have they ever impacted you as seriously as this incident did? Are you concerned that your “crazy neighbor” may actually do something like this to themselves and thus take out your house along with theirs? Do you worry for our public safety personnel who have to deal with these sorts of issues frequently? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.