Man Blames Wife-Beating On High Gas Prices

Economically tight times can increase the pressure on an already tense personal relationship, as in this absolutely despicable case of domestic abuse: WJXT reports that a 77-year-old man beat up his 74-year-old wife, “because he was upset about the high cost of gas for driving her to and from dialysis treatments.” Signs of the times on the road to hell.

(Thanks to ag!)


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  1. Why do I feel this is just an excuse, like the Twinkie defense.

  2. ChrisC1234 says:

    Sorry dude, you’re just a sleazebag!

  3. Diet-Orange-Soda says:

    @Git Em SteveDave: What’s the Twinkie defense SteveDave?

  4. mantene says:

    Enter Jack Thompson – “Mr. Close was an avid player of Grand Theft Auto 3. This is just another incident of video games ruining society. . . What did you say? 77 years old? Ok, so I made a mistake, he was an avid player of Double Dragon. This does not change anything!”

  5. Canerican says:

    B effing S the economy is not that bad, that is not a defense, sham on you Consumerist for empowering his defense and using a tragic situation to support your opinion that there is a recession. I would listen to an economist to know if there is a recession, since not many economists are ectually saying that, the Consumerist has to really on 77 year old men. OK. This man is a dirt-bag, I hope that he spends a couple years in prison for beating a 74 year old sick woman.

  6. hypnotik_jello says:

    @Canerican: Uh, most economists are saying that we’re in a recession dude. And I mean economists who aren’t on the government’s payroll.

  7. Aphex242 says:

    @Canerican: …

  8. Gorky says:


    Whether or not we are in a recession is only important to rich yuppies who spend all day reading the WSJ and stock tickers. I on the other hand have had no noticable change in lifestyle in the last 3 years and I am NOT rich, and I could care less if we are in a recession or not

  9. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @mantene: Not Double Dragon! Pong maybe. Or pinball machines.

    Who else thinks that sleazebag looks like a fucked up John Gielgud?

    I hope they throw the book at him. And when I say book, I mean all 11 volumes of “The History of Civilization”.

  10. ClayS says:

    A recession is defined by 2 consecutive quarters of negative GDP. How many has it been so far?

    Yes, gas prices are very high. If that causes this man to beat his wife, he needs to get some help. Maybe a consultation with Dr. Kervorkian.

  11. landsnark says:

    Yep, twinkie defense is about right:

  12. landsnark says:

    I’d argue quite the opposite. Rich people may complain about their portfolios during recession, but poor people go bankrupt and lose their jobs/houses.

  13. MisterE says:

    As a dialysis patient, I can speak for those of us tied to the machine: This man can simply go fuck himself. I hope he dies a miserable, lonely death when he can’t please Bubba in prison.

  14. theblackdog says:

    @Diet-Orange-Soda: The person who killed San Francisco’s first openly gay mayor in the 70’s claimed that he was temporarily insane due to the chemicals from eating tons of Twinkies.

  15. theblackdog says:

    This guy is a douchebag, plain and simple. Anyone else wondering if he’s been beating her for decades, but this is the first time he got caught?

  16. zibby says:

    Back in the ’60’s he would blame it on that lyin’ sonofabitch Johnson.

  17. Aphex242 says:

    @ClayS: []

    Warren Buffet seems to think it’s a recession, despite the ‘traditional’ indicator not being there. Frankly I’ll take his word over some ancient method.

  18. macinjosh says:

    He was also quoted as saying “We are not supposed to leave this island”

  19. savvy999 says:

    That crazy Thompson guy will do just about anything to get back in the prez race.

  20. apotheosis says:


  21. Blueskylaw says:

    Warren Buffet said this morning that common sense says we are in a recession. I will listen to the Oracle of Omaha before I listen to the government.

  22. Blueskylaw says:

    Darn, you beat me to it. Should have read the posts before posting.

  23. Yeah, cuz that’s totally your wife’s fault. Having to get dialysis. How dare she.


  24. bdgbill says:

    I believe it.

    I work for a big oil company and douche bags regularly give the min wage cashiers a hard time about the price of gas (like 17 year old Suzy is running pricing strategy for Huge Global Oil Company)

    A guy I work with has a crazy scheme of driving around on fumes all week so he can fill up at Costco on the weekends (total savings = aprox .70 cents).

    I have visited many countries were gas costs a lot more than it does here. People there still drive cars, still get to work, still go on vacation.

    We should all start getting used to gas being priced at what it is worth. You can expect to add one dollar to the price of gas every 3-4 years from here on out (and that’s only if there are no major political shakeups or wars in oil producing countires – thats a big if).

  25. disavow says:

    @Gorky: Unemployment ratchets up in recessions. I’m sure that’s pretty important to the people who LOSE THEIR JOBS.

    @ClayS: Recessions are defined retroactively. So we could damn well be in one now and just not know it.

    This guy’s a douchebag. He needs to be locked up for the rest of his (probably short) life.

  26. Parting says:

    Cowards always have excuses. Now let’s see how he will be treated by fellow inmates in prison *evil grin*

  27. One) Atleast he didn’t blame Video Games
    Two) Road Rage by Proxy?

  28. ogman says:

    @Canerican: The economists bible – “How to Lie With Statistics.” An economist is simply someone who went to school to learn how to make a set of numbers reflect exactly what their employers want those numbers to reflect. Don’t like the inflation numbers? Great, just remove an indicator or two.

    I agree that the economy is no reason to beat your wife. Instead, I suggest everyone beat up an economist or two!

  29. Canerican says:

    @hypnotik_jello: Read a few economics magazines, a few economics books, a recession can be reflected by certain indicators, job growth, GDP growth, inflation, etc. The fact is that very few economists are saying that we are in a recession, many are saying that we headed in that way, but very few reputable ones say we are there yet. May I ask, do you work in business? God, I hope not, or else your business is heading down quicker than anyone can imagine.

    I would wonder what a conversation between you and your boss would sound like: “Johnson, numbers are down, what is happening?”
    “Boss, you don’t understand, an economist at Berkley and B. Hussein Obama says we are in a RECESSION!!! There is nothing we can do”
    “You’re fired.”
    “See I told you that we were in a recession”

  30. disavow says:

    @Canerican: B. Hussein Obama

    Congrats on completely discrediting yourself. Too bad Consumerist doesn’t have an ignore function.

  31. SundaySunday says:

    It would be great if the next headline on this story read: “Prison Officials Blame Budget Cuts for Forcing Accused Wife-Beater to Sleep on Concrete Floor.”

  32. hypnotik_jello says:

    @Canerican: I don’t have a boss

  33. Canerican says:

    @hypnotik_jello: That explains alot.

    @disavow: What the guys name is B. Hussein Obama. Perhaps you don’t follow politics closely, but do you know that the Democrats called George Allan, “G. Felix Allan” in order to bother him. It’s a tactic that cuts both ways. Yes, it is fair to call someone by their name in politics.

  34. disavow says:

    @Canerican: You’re full of shit. This is at least the second time I’ve seen you post that something is okay because “WAAAAHHHH but the Democrats do it!” It’s one thing to lampoon someone’s name like Dubya or Slick Willy, but what you’re trying to do is exploit (and incite) racial and cultural prejudice. That’s not provocation, it’s downright racism.

  35. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Anyone else wondering if he’s been beating her for decades, but this is the first time he got caught?

    @theblackdog: I would be way, way more surprised if this is the first time this happened.

    This isn’t a sign of anything other than this *blankity blank*’s inability to come up with a good lie.

  36. parad0x360 says:

    Everyones jumping down this guys throat…maybe we would all like to take a crack at his wife sometime?

    I’m Joking of course. Yea it sucks that prices are up with no sign of ever dropping but it hasnt been so bad that I’ve changed my life style in anyway. In fact im buying more useless crap today then I was at this time last year. Everytime I go to the pump I tell myself how much it sucks, and how its the cause of the price of my coffee going up but you know what? Maybe I should get a car that gets better mileage?

    I’d drive my girlfriend to hell and back if it meant she may live longer, no matter what the cost.

  37. ratnerstar says:

    Recession is a technical term with very little practical meaning. It’s like being 73 inches tall; you aren’t really very different from someone at 71 inches, but you are “over six feet.”

    In other words, it doesn’t really matter whether we are in a recession or not. It matters that wages are stagnant and inflation is up. It matters that people are losing their jobs or having their hours cut. It matters that merit raises at my company are being “postponed.”

    It probably matters to George Allen that his last name only has one ‘a’ in it, not two.

    None of these things, of course, are a reason to beat your wife.

  38. azntg says:

    How’d that 77-year-old man fare through the “oil shocks” in the ’70’s?

  39. AcidReign says:

        That’s just a sad, f…-ed up story. Fixed income NOW has to be diverted to lawyer’s fees. Guy might end up in prison, and THEN, who’s going to drive her? Asshat of the week, for sure!

        @bdgbill: I was working at a Chevron during some of those oil crunch days. Regular stabilized out at about $1.33 a gallon, around 1980. I paid $3.09 at Sam’s Club yesterday. That’s a price increase of about 132 %. By comparision, a loaf of bread was 25 cents. Now, it’s two dollars, a whopping 700% increase. And let’s not even get into comparing medical increases…

        Gas will, indeed, go up more. But it’s more about Uncle Sam printing money to fund land wars in Asia, than about scarcity… Inflation is caused by an increased money supply vs. the same amount of goods.

  40. SeaKaySea says:

    I wonder if Osama has these problems getting to his dialysis sessions?

  41. timsgm1418 says:

    that would be my guess as well@theblackdog:

  42. timsgm1418 says:

    just glad he wasn’t in any of the lines I had to wait in to buy gas in the ’70’s…@azntg:

  43. gingerCE says:

    First this guy should be locked up for a while. He beat his wife while she was undergoing dialysis? What a creep.

    The second part of this story is that the price of gas is high. I paid 3.45 yesterday for regular gas. I’ve seen it as high as 3.65. A friend of mine said she saw 3.99. We’re this close to $4 and I wonder if that’ll just break our economy. $3 didn’t–not really–but are we ready for $4. I know people who are only filing up $10 at a time (3 gallons) in both protest and because they are unwilling to pay such high prices. The irony is both people I know doing this have plenty of money and are in no debt. So people who have money are protesting against the rising cost of gas.

  44. Squeezer99 says:

    should of let that old fart die

  45. @theblackdog: that’s what I was thinking…

  46. Canerican says:

    Good point someone made. People should’ve been beating each other senseless while Jumma was in office if the Consumerist is right.

  47. AcidReign says:

        Actually, what Jimmuh did on the oil crisis was one of the best acts of his career. I think it was called de-regulation. Prior to that, oil companies had to report every drop of imported oil, how much was paid for it, and who it came from. The government would compile this data, and publish a handy report. OPEC nations could then use this report to police each other, and make sure no one was undercutting the cartel’s artificially high price. Once this reporting was no longer required, the price of gas plummetted back down to around $1.

        People did get the crap beaten out of them in the 1960s and 1970s. It was called school. It was good for you, they said. Well, at least if you didn’t fight back. “Mah bo-weh’s timid. Tsk-tsk.” If you fought back, you might get a choice of a two-day suspension, or two licks with the coach’s paddle. As for wife-beating, they called that “discipline.” Generally, it was not illegal. And it was awfully hard to film that stuff on super-8 and post it to YouTube, back then…

  48. CumaeanSibyl says:

    @theblackdog: Not really. His lawyer did claim that he was temporarily insane, but the Twinkies were a symptom, not a cause. The man was normally a health nut, but before the murder he stopped exercising and started eating junk food, and the lawyer argued that this was a sign of mental imbalance.

    Such a change in habits is a textbook indicator of a depressive state, but as far as I know depression doesn’t meet the test for legal insanity.

  49. Tank says:

    The high price of gas, and the fact she wouldn’t shut up.

  50. PølάrβǽЯ says:

    Uh, hello? Quit taking her to dialysis, she dies, problem solved.

    (This comment dedicated to my ex-wife.)

  51. Spooty says:

    @theblackdog: A common misconception. The wikipedia article puts it like this: “News stories published after the trial, however, frequently reported the defense arguments inaccurately, claiming that the defense had presented junk food as the cause of White’s depression and/or diminished capacity, instead of symptomatic of and perhaps exacerbating an existing depression.”
    Put shortly, the junk-food binging was a *symptom* and maybe *exacerbator* of his “diminished capacity” (a valid legal term), not the *cause* like so many people think.