A Minnesota man has been arrested after allegedly throwing a meth-fueled death party for his dying wife, whom he claimed didn’t want to spend the rest of her life in a nursing home.
Duane Arden Johnson, 58, of Searles, called 911 Thursday morning to report the death of his wife, Debra Lynn Johnson, 69. When police arrived on the scene, not only did they find the woman’s lifeless body wrapped inside a sheet but also cryptic words scrawled on the door of the home and a naked husband, according to the Free Press, a publication from South-Central Minnesota.
“Death Parade God Hell” was written in red spray paint on the couple’s front door.
The newly widowed man allegedly told authorities he gave his wife methamphetamine and that they had a “death party" before she died. Duane Johnson reportedly explained that he didn’t call 911 when she was dying in order to respect her wishes. The pair reportedly had sex just hours before she died.
The husband allegedly removed Debra from a medical care center against medical advice, according to the Mankato Free Press. She had diabetes, mental health issues, and had recently suffered two heart attacks. After taking her home, the couple allegedly did meth to the tune of Quiet Riot’s 1983 album “Metal Health.”
Officials are calling the woman’s death suspicious, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports. An autopsy is pending. Several guns and ammunition were also allegedly found inside the couple’s home, some of which were stolen.
Officials charged Duane Johnson with felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property on Friday.
His bail has been set at $250,000 or a conditional bail of $150,000. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. He has a criminal past including assault and DWI convictions.
[Photo: Brown County Sheriff’s Office]
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