Yes, you read the title correctly. A southwestern Minnesota man was arrested and charged with suspicion of criminal neglect after police say he threw his wife a meth-fueled death party.
Duane Arden Johnson, 58, of Searles, called police on Thursday morning to report the death of his wife, Debra Lynn Johnson, 69. When police arrived on scene, they found Debra’s lifeless body wrapped inside a sheet inside the home. Duane was naked when he greeted the police, who also noticed the words “Death Parade God Hell” scraweled on the couple’s front door in red spray paint.
Johnson told police that his wife was near death and that she didn’t want to spend the rest of her life in a nursing home. That’s when he came up with the idea to throw a meth-fueled death party for his dying wife. Johnson told police he gave his wife some meth and that they had a “death party” before she died. He also said that he didn’t call 911 while she was dying in order to respect her wishes.
According to the Mankato Free Press, Johnson removed Debra from a medical care center against medical advice. She was living with diabetes, had mental health issues, and had suffered two recent heart attacks. Instead of listening to doctors, Johnson took Debra home, gave her some meth, and the pair listened to Quiet Riot’s 1983 album “Metal Health”
Several weapons were found inside the couple’s home, some of which were stolen. In addition to the criminal neglect charge, Johnson was later charged with felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Bail has been set at $250,000, and it’s unclear at this time if Johnson has obtained legal counsel.
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