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The 5 Strangest Ways to Attack Your Spouse

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By Andrew Chow, Esq. on July 10, 2012 7:02 AM

Most couples vow to stay married "'til death do us part." Or at least, 'til a strange attack by one spouse, usually over alleged cheating, rips them apart.

Divorce and family lawyers know a thing or two about strange spousal attacks. While some attacks can be justified in the "heat of passion" -- when a person is provoked into an intensely emotional state of mind that causes impulsive behavior -- others stand alone as flat-out crimes.

Here are our Top 5 strangest attacks on a spouse:

  1. Attack by car. Colene Barker, 35, of Arizona, wanted to teach her cheating husband a lesson, so she allegedly ran him over, drove over his legs, and even belittled him while he was rolling on the ground in pain. Barker's husband was treated at a hospital, but told police the attack was his fault.
  2. Attack by books and birdshot. Dorothy Desjardins, 87, of Florida, wanted "to scare the s---" out of her husband after her hairdresser revealed an alleged affair. So she hobbled toward him using her walker and threw books at him, before grabbing a gun and lodging bird pellets in her husband's arm. Desjardins was charged with domestic violence.
  3. Attack by Cheez-Its. Andy Gatz, 37, of Florida, was arrested for battery after he lobbed a pointy box of Cheez-Its at his wife. He was apparently upset that his wife attended an Earth Day concert out of town -- a crummy reason for the strange attack.
  4. Attack by cupcakes. Dawn Montesdeoca, 50, of Illinois, got her sweet revenge by tossing multiple cupcakes at her husband, who was reportedly covered in crumbs and frosting when police arrived. Montesdeoca was charged with domestic battery, though the nature of the couple's argument was not disclosed.
  5. Wife got your tongue? Karen Lueders, 57, of Wisconsin, for some reason grabbed her husband's genitals and bit off his tongue when he leaned in for a kiss. When cops arrived, she threw coffee at them. It's not clear what triggered the strange attack, but Lueders was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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