Carl Muggli, 49, has been arrest for second-degree murder in Minnesota of his wife, Linda Muggli, 61. Spousal murders are unfortunately nothing new, but the weapon in his case is rather novel: a 3,000-pound totem pole. While a woman was killed this week by her husband’s casket, totem poles remain an unexplored area of criminal weaponry.
Muggli long insisted that he was having a “wonderful day” with his wife as they carved the totem pole — when suddenly it fell upon here.
Since this is not a manslaughter case, it appears to be an charge based on intent to kill his wife as opposed to criminally negligent conduct.
The couple was married 24 years and were well known for their art.
After the accident, Muggli insisted that he wanted to finish the totem pole that killed his wife.
This would appear a woodland version of Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter” (1953) where Mary Maloney kills her detective husband with a frozen leg of lamb and then serves it to his colleagues investigating the case.
Source: Duluth News Tribune