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Man Blames Ghost: Michael West Says Ghost Punched His Wife -- Not Him

01/20/2012 04:49 pm ET

There's something spooky about this excuse.

Rather than say "The Devil made me do it," a Wisconsin man arrested on domestic abuse charges told police that a ghost punched his wife, authorities said.

Police responded to the disturbance call at approximately 8 p.m., Sunday, according to a Fond du Lac County Sheriff's report obtained by The Smoking Gun. At the scene they found 41-year-old Michael West and his wife, who told cops that her husband twice attempted to strangle her and struck her in the face when she attempted to contact 911.

West told authorities that his wife sustained injuries as a result of several falls, The Northwestern reports. When an officer pressed the issue, West allegedly changed his alibi, opting instead for a supernatural excuse -- "A ghost did it."

"It must not have been Casper," HyperVocal quips. "He's way too friendly to do such a thing to a working woman with a drunk, abusive husband."

West is charged with domestic abuse, strangulation, battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. He remains in custody in lieu of $1,000 bail.

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