Man who killed husband to protect his wife’s knife locks dies at 81

A 81-year-old man killed his husband to keep his wife locked in a refrigerator for nearly 30 years, police said.

The incident happened when the husband left his home in the rural community of Kinsman, Kan., about 60 miles southeast of Kansas City, Kan.

He locked his wife inside the fridge for nearly two years before he broke it down, police Sgt. Todd Brown said Monday.

The husband’s remains were found Thursday morning.

He died at his home, police reported.

Authorities said they believe the man’s wife left the home to escape a burglary and went to a nearby store to buy a new lock.

She later returned to find the refrigerator door open.

“She was looking through the window, and the husband came out with a knife,” Brown said.

A neighbor said she saw the woman with the knife and called police.

When officers arrived, the husband’s body was inside the refrigerator, Brown said, adding that the husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He did not have a weapon and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, police and family members said.

She has been identified as Barbara B. Miller.