A man arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse told stunned police a ghost had punched and strangled his wife.
Michael West, 41, was arrested after police were called to a disturbance at his home in Wisconsin on January 15.
At the scene, his wife Rebecca told police that he had twice tried to strangle her and punched her in the face when she tried to call 911.
But, according to a Sheriff’s report, West claimed his wife had been injured in a series of falls.
When pressed specifically about the injuries to his wife’s neck, West is believed to have answered: “A ghost did it.”
An intoxicated West was reportedly arrested and charged with domestic abuse, strangulation, battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
West’s supernatural excuse has been mocked by paranormal experts.
Filmmaker Ron James told the Huffington Post: “Reports of ghosts attacking people or making them do things are extremely rare and there is no solid evidence to support them.
“You won’t find anyone who will vouch for them.”