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One way I know I've been in this business too long is that every time I think of this incident, all I can come up with are bad puns ... However, I took them all out of the article before sending it on to my editor:


A Ligonier woman who told police she killed her boyfriend was being held after the man's body was found near Cromwell Sunday afternoon.

Christine A. Ratliff, 29, walked into the lobby of the Noble County Sheriff's Department at about 5:16 p.m. and told a confinement officer about the death, according to police.

Officers retrieved a key and entered a home at lot 154, in Shady Acres Mobile Home Park along CR 900W, where they found Ronald H. Moser dead in a rear bedroom. Moser had reportedly been struck numerous times in the head with a carpenter's claw hammer, which was recovered.

According to Sheriff Gary Leatherman, Ratliff and Moser had been remodeling the trailer together, and apparently no one was living there at the time. The chain of events that led to the death was not yet certain, although an investigation is continuing.

Moser was pronounced dead at the scene by the Noble County Coroner's Office, and an autopsy was planned for Monday to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Technicians of the Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police were called in to process evidence at the scene, as officials worked late into the night on the investigation. Ratliff was held in the jail without bond; Noble County Prosecutor Steven Clouse said he anticipated filing formal charges within 72 hours.

Agencies assisting include the Sheriff's Department, State Police, Coroner's and Prosecutor's Office, Noble County EMS, and Cromwell Police Department.

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synaptikchaos
May. 23rd, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
The Shady Acres pun was unavoidable.
ozma914
May. 24th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Shady Acres
Closest thing Noble County has to a slum ...
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ozma914
May. 24th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
I think doing renovations together is probably the most stressful thing in a couple's life, outside of the usual (such as children). One mistake in the carpet color or wallpaper pattern, and the devil comes out.
myfeetshowit
May. 24th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Well, I suppose if he died of a heart attack before the brain damage got him it would be a different cause of death, technically.

That is one problem with dark comedy, and horror movies I suppose. It's hard to process the reality when something like this really occurs. Still we have to laugh or we'd all go insane!
ozma914
May. 24th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Have to laugh
Yeah, I guess you're right. I noticed the guy had a history of drinking, so we'll have to wait for the blood tests to see if he was hammered.
raemcn
May. 24th, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
Re: Have to laugh
LMAO Hammered. Sorry but I'm twisted and that was damn funny.
ozma914
May. 24th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
Re: Have to laugh
I work in the emergency services. Thus, my not only finding it funny but actually coming up with it. :->
raemcn
May. 24th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
I wonder if this was a case of he just needed to be dead. LOL Not being very nice tonight and really sorry about that, but usually cases of men being killed by women are well deserved.

ozma914
May. 24th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
men killed by women
I agree entirely. Just a few minutes ago I looked up at the news to discover he's the guy who was leading police on a high speed chase through Fort Wayne three years ago, which was captured on camera. He's got a long record, much of it involving -- big surprise, here -- alcohol. Nice guy. I won't miss him.
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