No, Officer, It Was a Ghost Who Punched and Strangled My Wife Local police arrived at the West residence in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, at 8 pm on January 15. There, they found 41-year-old Michael F. West’s wife crying and bleeding from her nose. According to the criminal complaint, West blamed his wife for their home being foreclosed upon, and when she pointed out that she works and he sits around the house doing nothing all day, he became irate. West then strangled his wife twice and challenged her to call the cops. When she reached for the phone, he repeatedly punched her in the face, according to The Northwestern. Here’s where it gets interesting: West claimed his wife fell down, resulting in her facial injuries. But when police asked him about the marks on her neck, he told them “a ghost did it.” It must not have been Casper. He’s way too friendly to do such a thing to a working woman with a drunk, abusive husband. West has been charged with strangulation and misdemeanors of battery, disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer. He is being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on $1,000 bail.