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Sunday, January 09, 2005

And you thought YOUR girlfriend was crazy?

posted by Jazz at 1/09/2005 10:00:00 AM


Woman Shoots Boyfriend - Stuffs Body in Freezer

A woman once acquitted in the death of a boyfriend pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges she killed a recent boyfriend, whose body was found stuffed in a freezer.

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, 55, of Erie, was sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison Friday for third-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the August 2003 shotgun slaying of live-in boyfriend James Roden, 45.

Diehl-Armstrong had denied killing Roden, blaming a friend who later admitted he helped her clean up the crime scene, dispose of the shotgun and store Roden's body in a freezer at his home.

Before we start acting all judgemental, though, it's worth pointing out that she had a reason.

[S]he said her mental illness had prevented her from understanding that her actions were wrong. A prosecutor said she suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and had a deep hatred of men.
Really? A hatred of men? Ya think?

"I'm not going to be any more trouble, your honor. I've learned my lesson," she told Erie County Judge Shad Connelly. "If I get another chance at life, I am not going to lose it."

Well, now I feel better.

But wait! What was that part in the first paragraph about "once acquitted" in another killing?
According to court records and law enforcement officials, Diehl-Armstrong, then known as Marjorie Diehl, was charged in 1984 with the shooting death of her boyfriend, Robert Thomas. She said she had been a victim of physical and sexual abuse and shot Thomas before he killed her. She was acquitted of homicide in 1988 and put on probation for carrying a firearm without a license.
If you're dating a woman who tends towards leaving her stockings hanging in the shower, or wants to talk during the playoff games, this might be a good time to get a bit of perspective and go buy her a box of chocoalates.