Woman charged with murdering her husband

Portland Press Herald — Maine Sunday Telegram, USA

April 10, 2008

Attack or self-defense? Case to focus on conflicting claims of abuse

Laureen Rugen told police she stabbed her husband because ‘He came at me. … He was so mad, so ugly.’

By TREVOR MAXWELL, Staff Writer

An affidavit says Laureen Rugen initially told police she had found her husband on the floor, barely breathing, but then changed her story.

Laureen Rugen was a longtime abuse victim who stabbed and killed her husband in self-defense at their Portland home Tuesday morning, her lawyer said one day after she was charged with murder.

“Self-defense is just screamed out by these facts,” said J.P. DeGrinney, appointed by the court to represent Rugen. “She has no criminal history.”

Friends of Chris Rugen, though, painted an opposite picture of life at 56 Maggie Lane.

They said Rugen sometimes slept in his car to avoid going home, and he confided to them about his wife’s temper, especially when she was drinking….(Full Story)

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F4L:  For the past month I searched for and found many articles of the nature of the one shown above.  To find them, I had set up a Google Web Alert for: “she shot” “she stabbed” “she poisoned”.

The Google Web Alert dated 2009 02 08 1:47 p.m. contained only a single entry:

Woman said intruders shot her husband accidentally | Article from …
Laureen Rugen told police she stabbed her husband because ‘He came. … in Blue Ash told police she poisoned her mother, and then strangled…with
murder. …
<http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-18699268.html>

The link in that search-return entry that led to this article,

Woman said intruders shot her husband accidentally

A WOMAN accused of murdering her policeman husband told police that he had been accidentally shot by intruders, one of whom had raped her at their cottage home shortly beforehand, a court heard yesterday.

Kim Galbraith, 30, told investigators that her husband Ian, who was asleep at the time of the incident, died when one of the intruders prodded him with a rifle as he lay in bed.

Her graphic account was given in a tape-recorded interview with detectives on the day police and firefighters were called out by a 999 call to the cottage in rural Argyll where her husband lay dead inside. It was played to a jury at the High Court in Glasgow, where Galbraith denies murder. In the interview, she told …

Mind you, the article identified by the preceding pointer is from about ten years ago.  The other articles identified at <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-18699268.html> are all from less than a year to about ten years old.

That does not necessarily mean that the Google Web Alert provides incorrect search returns, as the Google Web Alert search returns provided search results for recent and not archived news.  However, it does show some of the limitations that a Google Web Alert has with respect to finding accurate and comprehensive lists of pointers to news article on women’s violence and brutality.  The Google Web Alert had not once during the past month informed me of that article or any of the following articles that were also identified through the link to <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-18699268.html>:

Attack or self-defense? Case to focus on conflicting claims of abuse ;… 

Portland Press Herald (Maine)April 10, 2008 ; TREVOR MAXWELL Staff Writer;  700+ words …Laureen Rugen told police she stabbed her husband because ‘He came…Rugen initially told police she had found her husband on the floor, barely…being told her husband was dead, the affidavit…said. She also told police she used a knife…

WOMAN TOLD POLICE SHE STRANGLED MOM.(News) 

The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH)July 30, 2005 ; 403 words …with murdering her mother in Blue Ash told police she poisoned her mother, and then strangled…with murder. Sumathi Balasubramanian told police she came home Tuesday night after a…not here to hurt us anymore. Sumathi told police that her father died last year, leaving…

Md. Woman Charged With Killing Boyfriend; Suspect Told Police She Was… 

The Washington PostNovember 8, 2005 ; Ernesto Londono;  467 words …alleged infidelity, a Silver Spring woman told police that she fatally shot him this weekend…the next morning. At one point, Hicks told police, her boyfriend pushed her “over and…onto the bed and assaulted her, Hicks told police. At that time, Hicks grabbed a handgun…

BOY TOLD POLICE HE WAS SCALDED, BEATEN.(FRONT) 

Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)November 20, 2007 ; 353 words …was victimized in a house in Portage told police in June that he was regularly scalded…always rice and water. In addition, he told police Michael Sisk pierced his forehead, hand…transcript of the interview. The boy told police Clark frequently hit him with a cooking…

The following list is of pointers to articles that fit the search criteria used for the Google Web Alert but using the search facility at <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-18699268.html> for the time interval between 2009 01 06 and 2009 02 09:

Man knifed by former friend; EX-SOLDIER STABBED FIVE TIMES IN ROW.(News)
Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England); Feb 6, 2009; 474 Words …knifed. Newcastle Crown Court heard she stabbed him five times, including one blow to…of the chest. I put my head down and she stabbed me in the top of the head. I grabbed…father’s walking stick and told her if she stabbed me again I would hit her. Newcastle…
‘Najwa didn’t want to give others the satisfaction of her tears’.(News)
Cape Times (South Africa); Feb 5, 2009; 337 Words …have felt, even if by her doing, when she was moved out of the matrimonial bedroom and rejected by her stepchildren after she stabbed Taliep in April 2006. Asked by prosecutor Susan Galloway if Petersen was not in fact a strong woman, Labu-schagne said parts…
Alcoholic who stabbed dad is freed
Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent UK); Feb 5, 2009; Sentinel Reporter ; 282 Words …father. Frank McIlreavy, aged 75, died last February at a house in Appleton Close, Biddulph, following a row with his daughter. She stabbed him in the back, and he died from a heart attack at a neighbour’s home minutes later. She also hit him over the head with…
Suspect in 1988 Walnut Creek slaying of S.F. officer deported
Oakland Tribune; Feb 3, 2009; Robert Salonga ; 584 Words …fingerprint recovered from the car window indicates she was somehow involved, but does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she shot Garnier. Meanwhile, other evidence suggests involvement by at least two other parties, Jewett said. But Edwards said while…
THE BOLD AND THE BLOODY.(Entertainment)
Pretoria News (South Africa); Feb 2, 2009; 700+ Words …straw was finding out that he’d dated several other women in Hillside – along with her. WHAT HAPPENED: Like any unstable woman, she shot him and then pretended he was the victim of a foiled robbery. As fate would have it, Jan-Hendrik (nursing a few bruised emotions…
Regional digest.(LOCAL NEWS)
Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA); Jan 31, 2009; 295 Words …assault with intent to murder, Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst said. Sgt. Hazelhurst said the woman was arguing with her husband when she stabbed him twice in the back. The man left the house, and several hours later drove himself to the hospital. Hospital officials called…
Police and Courts
Charleston Daily Mail; Jan 27, 2009; 543 Words …Woman wanted for allegedly stabbing man Kanawha County deputies are looking for a Hugheston woman after her boyfriend claimed she stabbed him four times. Deputies responded to a Cedar Grove residence at around 10 p.m. Sunday and found Randy Hill, 37, with four…
La. woman allegedly shoots boyfriend over sleep
AP Online; Jan 27, 2009; 118 Words A 21-year-old Monroe woman charged with aggravated battery allegedly told police she shot her boyfriend because he wouldn’t let her sleep. The motive for Saturday’s shooting was detailed in an arrest affidavit. The woman…
WOMAN, 27, ADMITS TO RECKLESSNESS; SHE SHOT A GUN IN THE AIR, THEN HIT A CAR WINDOW WITH THE GUN’S STOCK.(Local)
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY); Jan 27, 2009; 217 Words …who witnessed the incident. Jessica came out of the back door with a camouflage shotgun, Tracy told state police. He said she shot the gun into the air, then asked where Stone was. When she found out that Stone was in the car with Gravatt, she hit the front…
Jailed: ‘Othello’ killer who knifed her partner to death
Belfast Telegraph; Jan 27, 2009; Lisa Smyth ; 578 Words …court was told that O’Neill, of Brookhill Avenue in north Belfast, had not intended to kill 46-year-old Francis Saunders when she stabbed him and that she even attempted to alert the emergency services after the incident. However, she was so drunk at the time…
Woman shoots boyfriend for not letting her sleep
Daily Breeze; Jan 26, 2009; Courtesy ; 74 Words …newspaper reports. He was taken to LSU Medical Center. The 21-year-old was charged with aggravated battery. Anding told police that she shot her boyfriend, “because he was bothering her and wouldn’t let her sleep,” according to a police report.
ANI 136(WORLD/INTERNATIONAL)
The Hindustan Times; Jan 26, 2009; 113 Words …reports the Newsstar.com. The 21-year-old, of 3002 Burg Jones Lane, was charged with aggravated battery. Anding told police that she shot her boyfriend, “because he was bothering her and wouldn’t let her sleep,” the affidavit said. (ANI) Published by HT Syndication…
Killer’s confession presents new mystery.(Local)
The Virginian Pilot; Jan 25, 2009; 700+ Words …Constance Smootz Hevener and her 20-year-old sister-in-law, Carolyn Hevener Perry, on April 11, 1967. Smith told investigators she shot both women in the head in the back room of the ice cream shop because they teased her about being gay , Robertson and Staunton…
Woman Found Guilty In Husband’s Slaying; Jury Returns Verdict of Voluntary Manslaughter
The Washington Post; Jan 24, 2009; Tom Jackman – Washington Post Staff Writer ; 668 Words …her childhood, as part of an insanity defense. But he discarded that angle and focused his case on Giguere’s contention that she shot her husband after he tried to choke her that night. Fairfax Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert D. McClain declined to…
WALES: Doc who couldn’t conceive stabbed herself in groin; She left note before inflicting fatal wound.(News)
Daily Post (Liverpool, England); Jan 24, 2009; 291 Words …of Cross Lanes, Wrexham, had been trying for a baby with her husband for seven years, the hearing in Shrewsbury was told. She stabbed herself while parked on the A525 at Whitchurch in September. A pathologist, Dr Mark Otter, told the inquest that Dr Ratnaweera…
Social worker avoids jail term after stabbing husband in rage ; A retired social worker who led a “blameless, community-based life” has walked free from court after stabbing her husband.
Western Morning News, The Plymouth (UK); Jan 23, 2009; 297 Words …large black carving knife and walked towards her husband with the knife down by her side. “He tried to grab her wrist and she stabbed him in the right- hand side at waist height.” Miss Wilson told the court that when Hills was asked by paramedics where she…
REGIONAL NEWS WATCH
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Jan 23, 2009; 574 Words …where they found Thornhill covered in blood and screaming in a hallway, the complaint says. Thornhill told investigators that she stabbed Townsel multiple times with the 8-inch blade of a butcher knife because he said something disrespectful to her and was threatening…
’67 killer to Va. cops: Victims called me lesbian
AP Online; Jan 23, 2009; DENA POTTER ; 700+ Words …Constance Smootz Hevener and her 20-year-old sister-in-law, Carolyn Hevener Perry on April 11, 1967. Smith told investigators she shot both women in the head in the back room of the ice cream shop because they teased her about being homosexual, Robertson and…
Alcoholic mum used 3 knives to stab friend to death
Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent UK); Jan 22, 2009; EMMA KING ; 475 Words …Dorricott, aged 46, was found guilty of murdering Jonathan James Lee at her home in Hazel Grove, Crewe, on July 8 last year. She stabbed him 12 times to the chest and neck with three different knives. The fatal wound pierced his heart 12 centimetres deep. The…
Philippine celebrity maid fights abuses with songs
AP Worldstream; Jan 19, 2009; JIM GOMEZ ; 485 Words …Emirates to work as a maid, saying she was 28 to circumvent an age limit set by Philippine authorities. After more than a month, she stabbed her Arab employer 34 times, alleging he tried to rape her at knifepoint. A court sentenced her to seven years in prison while…
I WAS UPSET SAYS TEEN; Intention was to scare, court told.(News)
Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England); Jan 17, 2009; 413 Words …stabbed and beat a younger girl on the bank of the Tees told a jury: I just wanted to scare her. Dannielle Moore admitted she stabbed, cut and punched the 16-year-old, got her to strip naked and threatened to kill her, burn her clothes and throw her into the…
‘Most Wanted’ Mo. woman gets 3 years for shooting
AP Online; Jan 15, 2009; 124 Words …was shot in a pickup truck outside a convenience store. The 26-year-old Henderson said Parker was driving toward her and that she shot him in self-defense. When she was placed on the Most Wanted list, authorities described her as a gang leader and person of…
Jealousy no defence for killer husbands; Freed: Sara Thornton.
The Daily Mail (London, England); Jan 14, 2009; 700+ Words …slack@dailymail.co.uk CASE THAT LED THE WAY IN 1990, Sara Thornton was jailed for life for murdering her husband Malcolm, 44. She stabbed the ex-policeman as he slept at their home in Warwickshire. She claimed she had been provoked by repeated violence from her…
Vic: Teen must face trial over stepfather’s murder
AAP General News (Australia); Jan 13, 2009; 506 Words …stepfather had banned her from seeing three days after his death, could be construed as something other than self-defence. “She shot him so she didn’t have to do it again … a jury could form the view, albeit against a background of abuse, it was not committed…
‘I shot him’
SouthtownStar (Chicago, IL); Jan 8, 2009; 382 Words …allegedly did not return the gun to the safe. Instead, when their 17-year-old son was at school and her husband was sleeping, she shot him once in the back, according to prosecutors. Michael Fabian then rolled over and told his wife not to shoot him again, but…
Woman who stabbed dad awaits sentencing
Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent UK); Jan 8, 2009; 128 Words …McIlreavy, aged 75, died in February at a house in Appleton Close, Biddulph, following a row with his daughter, June McIlreavy. She stabbed him in the back with a kitchen knife, and he died from a heart attack at a neighbour’s home minutes later. She had also hit…
INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON JAN. 6: CORRINE ANN YELLOW OWL SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
US Fed News Service, Including US State News; Jan 6, 2009; 571 Words …that said, “I went to town to kill (the victim)! U will find me there! Love, SIS.” When interviewed, YELLOW OWL admitted that she stabbed the victim on October 22, 2005. She said that it was in response to his beating her up and breaking her nose the day before…

It will take some time to analyze all of those search returns and those provided through the Google Web Alert, but at first glance it appears that very few of the entries in the search return lists provided through the Google Web Alert showed up in the search returns provided through the search facility at <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-18699268.html>.

On the other hand, that search facility provided a good number of entries for its search-return list that did not show up on any of the search-return lists provided by the Google Web Alert during the 2009 01 06 to 2009 02 09 interval.

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