Washington man charged for allegedly murdering wife, told dispatchers he was possessed by demons

EDMONDS, Wash. — A Washington man has been charged for allegedly murdering his wife at the end of July.

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According to KIRO, John Carroll Shipley, 73, allegedly murdered his wife who was later identified as Susan Shipley, 66. Susan was found dead after police dispatchers got a call just before 5 p.m. from John who had reported that there was an emergency as his house.

According to court records obtained by KIRO, John allegedly told dispatchers that he attempted to murder his wife. He also told the dispatchers that he was waiting for the police to come and kill him.

While he was on the phone, John also allegedly told dispatchers that he was possessed by demons, according to court records obtained by KIRO. He told them that he had been possessed most of his life but didn’t fully realize it until last April.

When officers arrived at the house, KIRO reported that the officers found a “chaotic” scene. A woman was found dead and John was sitting next to her, according to court records obtained by KIRO.

According to court records obtained by KIRO, a knife was found in Susan’s neck with another one nearby.

John was detained. He was also taken to the hospital to be evaluated. He allegedly told a doctor that he was instructed by “satanic demons” to asphyxiate his wife, according to court records obtained by KIRO. After he was medically cleared, he allegedly admitted to investigators that he killed his wife.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Susan’s cause of death was by “asphyxiation due to strangulation,” according to court records obtained by KIRO.

Court records also indicated that officers had a run-in with John months prior in February when he was found naked in the street in a “catatonic state and unresponsive,” according to KIRO. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder following this incident.

John is facing a second-degree murder with domestic violence charge and his bail has been set at $1 million, according to KIRO.

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