June 14, 2019
This man did nothing wrong.
A Florida man has been charged with the first-degree murder of his wife of 50 years.
Ronald Charles Strouse, 73, was arrested on Tuesday in his Lake Wales home after allegedly confessing to strangling to death his 72-year-old wife Susan Strouse.
‘This was a particularly brutal murder,’ said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in a statement. ‘We aren’t sure why Ronald Strouse murdered his wife of 50 years, but one thing we are sure of is that he will be held accountable for his actions.‘
Ronald went on to describe the circumstances that led to his wife’s death, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Ronald said that on Monday night, his wife declared that she wanted to leave him, take all their money, and move out of their home.
He said that he argued with Susan, pleading for an explanation, but said that she would not tell him why she wanted to leave.
Things simmered in the home until the next morning, Tuesday, when Susan got up and made them both sausage sandwiches for lunch around noon.
Ronald told police that he could not work up an appetite, and declined to eat the sausage sandwich.
After lunch, Susan was lying on the couch watching TV when Ronald confronted her, demanding to know why she wanted to leave him, according to the affidavit.
Ronald told cops that Susan refused to answer him as she watched her TV show, which frustrated him.
He said that he grabbed her on the couch and pulled her to the floor, and straddled her body as his fingers wrapped around her neck, according to the affidavit.
Cops say that Ronald admitted he knew what he was doing as his hands tightened in a vise-like grip around his wife’s neck – knew that he was choking the very life out of her.
Susan struggled, clawing at his hands and arms in a desperate bid to escape, until finally she went limp, according to the affidavit.
The grim deed complete, Ronald got up, called 911, and waited on his porch to surrender to deputies, the affidavit states.
It appears that they had recently moved into their home, a new two-bedroom which records show they purchased for $127,900.
50 years married and she couldn’t even tell him why she wanted to rob him of the result of his life’s work.
Put yourself in his shoes for a moment and imagine that your wife, after you two have been together for 50 years and recently moved into a new home, drops the “I’m leaving you and taking all of your money” bomb on you.
Just like that.
Out of the blue.
All of the happy moments you shared with her are not worth the effort of giving you an explanation.
All of the sacrifices that you’ve made for her are not worth anything to her.
All that you have given her is not worth anything.
All of your life.
All of your time.
All of you.
You are not worth anything to her.
It was all for nothing.
You have nothing.
It’s all gone now.
Don’t ask questions.
Eat your fucking sausage sandwich in silence.
That’s modern marriage.