No Easter-themed crime would be complete without the bunny. In this bizarre holiday homicide, a 40-year-old man from Spencer, Wisconsin, killed his wife with a plate in the shape of the Easter bunny.
In March 2006—in the lead-up to Easter—June Zurkowski was found dead in her home, beaten and suffocated to death by her husband Patrick Zurkowski. But what investigators found inside June’s throat was unexpected: pieces of a plate shaped like the Easter bunny. They had choked her to death.
The married couple had had an altercation that night when Patrick was unwilling to fix their vacuum. Patrick became aggressive after June allegedly attacked him with a paring knife. Later, on trial, Patrick told jurors he shoved the dish into June’s mouth in order to make her "shut up." In an even more grisly twist, the plate was handmade with love by June herself.
Over the course of the trial, Patrick was painted as a “greedy and cheap man” who was always upset about his wife’s spending. They’d only been married for three and a half years at the time of the murder.
Patrick was sentenced to life without parole for the murder. He also spent four months in a mental health institution before standing trial, after it was suspected that he had a personality disorder and other psychological issues.
Easter bunnies leave treats hidden about the place for children to find--but none so gruesome as the one Patrick left in his wife’s esophagus. If you’re fascinated by this holiday themed crime, Oxygen has many more bizarre and gory crimes to satiate your macabre curiosity. Check out Homicide for the Holidays—if you dare.