According to various sources around, including this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, an elderly Burnsville woman allegedly tired of her husband’s abuse, attempted to kill him by strangling him with a telephone cord and then cracking his skull with a hammer.
From a WCCO article:
Upon arrival, police met with Ripka, who said she was tired of her husband punching and assaulting her, so she hit him with a hammer. Police noticed that her clothing and hands were covered in blood, the complaint said.
After securing Ripka, her husband appeared in the doorway, staggering and covered with blood. He had a blood soaked towel covering the right side of his head and a telephone cord wrapped tightly around his neck.
While tending to the victim, he stated that Ripka “just went nuts” at around 8 a.m. He said Ripka was certain that he had some kind of portable electronic device and that he had been on the Internet. She then allegedly began striking him repeatedly with a telephone when he tried to contact police and then tried to strangle him with the telephone cord.
The victim said he couldn’t remember if he lost consciousness during the incident, but that he remembered Ripka going into the bathroom, coming out with a toilet paper roll and wiping excrement on his face. He said she then struck him in the head with a hammer and “crushed my skull.”
The man claimed his wife has undiagnosed dementia and refuses to go to the doctor. He went on to say that her actions are likely related to her condition. While sad to hear that it has to come down to this, hopefully this incident will either get the woman the help she needs or, if she does not actually have dementia, will keep her safely separated from the abuse she alleges.
What do you think about this one? Do you believe the husband, wife, or perhaps a little of both? Are you surprised that it took until they were in their 70s for this to occur? If the woman does indeed have dementia, do you think she’ll receive the care she may need while awaiting trial? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.