Another Quiet Saturday Night In Cassville
Meet Nicholas and Alexander Grunke and their buddy, Dustin Radke. This week, the three made law in the State of Wisconsin. Due to this trio, we now know that it is a felony to attempt to have sex with a corpse - even if the accused did not cause the death of the victim.
Necrophiliacs all over Wisconsin are undoubtedly distraught!
Here's what allegedly happened in this case.
On August 27, 2006, a 20 year old woman named Laura Tennessan was killed in a motorcycle crash. A few days later, the Grunke brothers and Radke were arrested in a graveyard in Cassville. Authorities allege that they were there to "disinter" her body. Believe it or not, it gets worse.
According to authorities, the whole thing began when Nicholas read the obituary of Ms. Tennessan in the local newspaper. The obituary included a photograph. Apparently, young Nicholas found the late Ms. Tennessan attractive and didn't consider the fact that she was dead to be too much of a deterrent.
Nicholas then recruited his brother and Radke to help him dig up the body for the purpose of moving the corpse to another location where Nicholas could have sex with it. To effect their plan, the three proceeded to the cemetery in Cassville and located the grave site. They then returned on Saturday September 2, 2006 "with shovels, a crowbar, a tarpaulin and a box of condoms (!)".
After some digging, the group unearthed the coffin. Thankfully, they were unable to pry open the top of the concrete vault which the victim was buried in. At this point, a car pulled into the cemetery causing the grave robbers to flee. They were arrested a short time later.
Maybe it's just me but it sure seems like we've been having more than our share of bizarre criminal cases from Wisconsin lately.
It's tough to know what to say about this one. For my money though, I think I find the behavior of Alexander Grunke and Dustin Radke to be the most inexplicable. Nicholas is clearly a very troubled young man. However, when he tells his buddies that he wants to dig up a body to have sex with it, their response is to help him find a shovel. I mean, how twisted is that?
Wouldn't you have thought that at least one of these guys would have said, "Dude, are you nuts"? Are things really that slow in Southwest Wisconsin that a guy suggests grave robbing and his buddies don't bat an eye? Don't they have cable?
I don't even want to know what these characters were thinking when they bought the box of condoms.
Anyway, the case has now been sent back to circuit court for further proceedings. If convicted of the offenses charged, my hope is that the trio will find themselves as guests of the State of Wisconsin prison system for the foreseeable future.
As for anyone else who thinks that this may be a good way to spend a Saturday evening, my advice is to take up bowling.