Father Charged With Slashing Throats Of Wife And Infant Son

Craig Vandewege told coworkers that he could only tolerate his wife by drinking.

By Jaime Lutz

The Texas father who claimed he discovered his wife and infant son lying in bed with their throats slit was arrested and charged with their murder Dec. 21 after police discovered he told coworkers he dreamed of cutting off his wife’s head, People magazine reported.

Craig Vandewege, 35, often told coworkers that he hated his 36-year-old wife, Shanna Vandewege, and her appearance, and that he could only tolerate her by drinking, a police report obtained by the magazine said. A few days before Shanna was found dead, he told one coworker that he had had a dream in which he "sliced the heads of his wife and father like bologna."

Additionally, Vandewege told coworkers that he was taking prescriptions that made him hear voices that told him to kill people, police said, and after he found out Shanna was pregnant, he said he wished that he could push her down the stairs to kill her. Shanna "could not do anything right and she dressed and wore her hair poorly," Craig supposedly told coworkers.

After Shanna and her 3-month-old son Diederik were found dead, police discovered blood traces on the family’s sinks, suggesting that someone had attempted to clean the murder scene. Cops also allege that the home had been made to look as if a robbery had occurred. 

Craig Vandewege was arrested near a Colorado 7-Eleven, where he told a man that "he was on the run" and that "the government was trying to conspire against him by saying he had killed his family," the police report said. Vandewege claimed he was driving to Las Vegas to meet with Donald Trump "to work it out with him."

Police later stopped his car for speeding. Showing "no emotion," Vandewege told the cops "it had been a long week and his wife and kid were murdered in Fort Worth, Texas," the police report said.

Colorado police took Vandewege into custody for speeding and not having proof of insurance. Arresting officers searched his person and found a loaded pistol in his waistband, another gun in an ankle holster, and condoms in his pockets.

By the time he was pulled over, Texas authorities had issued a warrant for his arrest on murder charges, according to People. He is currently awaiting extradition to Texas.

"They tried so long to have a baby. She had three miscarriages prior to having one," said Mark Riddle, Shanna's father, after her death.

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