St. Paul man tells docs, cops "I killed my wife"


The man who killed his wife in St. Paul on Monday admitted the crime to police and to Regions hospital staff.

When the Regions staff asked if he felt like hurting himself, Gerald B. Wassenaar, 67, responded "C'mon, I killed my wife. What do you think?" according to the criminal complaint, the Star Tribune reports. Later, he told police "I did it. I killed her."

Jean Andrine Wassenaar, 67, was found dead in her home about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Police found Gerald Wassenaar near Lake Elmo earlier that evening, sitting a stalled car and in a confused state of mind. A sheriff's deputy took him to his home on Barclay Street in St. Paul, but he refused to enter the house. Here's more details from the Strib:

Later that night, police were called to Wassenaar's home by a neighbor who said Wassenaar was locked out of his house. Officers discovered Jean Wassenaar's body inside. Police also saw a plant tipped over and several phone cords.

Gerald Wassenaar was taken to Regions by paramedics and placed on a mental health hold. While en route, he yelled numerous times, "I killed my wife! I killed my wife! I will not live and I will kill my life. I killed my wife!"