Corpse sex and penis gluers: Five really weird Wisconsin stories in 2010
Wisconsin is a weird place, and we documented the evidence in 2010.
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There were so many stories to pick from, but we whittled them down to five. Teenagers digging up a corpse for sex. Two-timed women Krazy-Gluing a guy's junk to his his abdomen. A wife who bites off her husband's tongue and watches him call 911. A law-and-order DA with a sexting problem. "Not the white man's bitch" making waves.
See Dick Stick
Donessa Davis got his junk stuck.
Donessa Davis played the field. Then he got stuck.
Therese Ziemann, Wendy Sewell and Michelle Belliveau learned last summer from Davis's wife, Tracy Hood-Davis, that he'd been cheating on all of them. So Ziemann lured Davis to a motel in Stockbridge for a tryst. When he got there, she bound him to the bed with the promise of sex, pulled out a cell phone and called in the posse of his other two-timed girlfriends.
The meeting was just going to be for the women to see his face, to let him see that they all knew about each other, and the gig was up, Ziemann said. But by the time they were finished, Davis had his penis stuck to his abdomen with Krazy Glue.
His humiliation was splattered all over the press when Davis pressed charges. Ziemann and her friends were convicted and sentenced to probation earlier this year.
But that wasn't the end of the matter. Davis sued Ziemann in civil court, first representing himself in a rather ramshackle performance. Then he got serious and hired Milwaukee attorney Nicholas Petty.
A new complaint was filed: assault and battery and intentional affliction of emotional distress. New allegations were made: Davis says Ziemann gave him wine spiked with a date rape drug, GBH, and Xanax. And Davis is seeking an unspecified monetary award.
Ziemann's now countersued, more or less accusing Davis of being a serial freeloader and bullshit artist, and contradicting sworn testimony in criminal court.
Speechless in Sheboygan
A few weeks ago in Sheboygan, police released a recording of a 911 call that Willard Leuders placed after his wife, Karen, bit off a chunk of his tongue late Monday night in Sheboygan.
Ksren Leuders bit off her husband's tongue.
It's not an exaggeration to say that she rendered him absolutely unintelligible
"What's the matter?" the 911 dispatcher asks calmly.
Willard struggles but can only make more panicked noises.
"What's the matter?" she asks again, a little more urgently. "Do you need an ambulance?"
Again Willard tries, frantically, to make himself understood.
"Are you breathing OK?"
"Is anybody else there with you?"
"Uh huh, uh huh."
This excruciating exchange went on for seven minutes before medics arrived to find Willard sitting beside a cup containing the piece of his tongue. They rushed him to the hospital so surgeons could re-attached his tongue.
He was able to tell police in a written statement later that Karen had grabbed him by his genitals and pulled him in for a kiss when she bit him.
Karen has been charged with mayhem and faces a possible 25 years in prison. Her husband says she suffers from manic episodes, and a judge had ordered her to undergo a mental evaluation. She's being held on $5,000 cash bond.
The Grunke brothers like their women cold.
Alexander and Nicholas Grunke, along with a third guy, Dustin Radke, paid a visit to a Cassville cemetery a few years ago so they could dig up the body of Laura Tennessen, who had been buried just the week before after dying in a motorcycle crash. They'd seen her picture in the local newspaper.
The idea, they told the cops, was to dig her up, then haul her corpse back to a spot behind Nicholas's home, where he could fulfill some seriously twisted necrophiliac fantasy.
On the way to the cemetery they even stopped at Wal-Mart to pick up some condoms.
The poor woman's body was spared the ultimate indignity just in time when the teenagers were nabbed by the local cops; they'd already dug down to the top of the vault holding her coffin.
Alexander was found guilty of attempted third-degree sexual assault in July. His brother was already convicted on similar charges.
"Not The White Man's Bitch" Not Elected
Ieeshuh Griffin know how to attract attention. Votes? Not so much.
Ieshuh Griffin's decision to brand herself "NOT the Whiteman's Bitch" as a part of her campaign strategy for the Wisconsin Assembly managed to capture the attention of local and national media.
The voters, however, weren't buying it.
A community activist with a long-simmering gripe against a local judge who presided over a child custody case involving her sister, she ran as an Independent for the District 10 seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Annette "Polly" Williams.
Being relatively unknown, she took advantage of a state law that allows candidates to use a five-word statement of purpose on the ballot to explain themselves.
Griffin's purpose: "NOT the Whiteman's bitch."
Say this for the woman: She knows how to get everyone's attention.
First a local election board, and then a federal judge, ruled that her statement could not be used on the ballot, so Griffin started talking about taking her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Every step of the way, she attracted media attention. She even lightened up for a hilarious "Daily Show" interview with comedian John Oliver.
But on Election Day she was trounced by Democrat Elizabeth Coggs, 15,874 -1,223.
DA Seeks Hot Nymph
Kenneth Kratz can't find the love.
Kenneth Kratz thought it would be cool to use his position of power as a Wisconsin district attorney to try to get some love.
You know, the kind of love with a 26-year-old "tall, young, hot nymph" that makes a married, 50-year-old guy with a bad mustache feel like a big man.
Domestic abuse victim Stephanie Van Groll, whose ex-boyfriend nearly choked her to death, met Kratz when he was assigned to prosecute her ex. In their first meeting, Kratz asked her if she minded if he reduced the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. Then the sexually-charged texting began.
-- Are you the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA ... the riskier the better?
-- I'm the atty. I have the $350,000 house. I have the 6-figure career. You may be the tall, young, hot nymph but I am the prize!
-- I would not expect you to be the other woman. I would want you to be so hot and treat me so well that you'd be THE woman! R U that good?
Van Groll complained, and when the news hit the press in September, four more women came forward with similar experiences. One even accused him of inviting her on a date to the city morgue.
Van Groll has filed a civil lawsuit against him, claiming that his behavior violated her rights. Kratz resigned in October. And state and federal defenders have declined to represent Kratz in court. Who's the big man now?