Woman stole beer from grave

Wisconsin detective calls case 'twisted and bizare'

Oct 29, 2004 - A Wisconsin woman has been arrested for digging up her dead boyfriend's ashes from a cemetery more than 10 years ago and drinking the beer that was buried with him, possibly out of spite for his family, authorities say.


Karen Stolzmann, 44, was charged with concealing stolen property. Columbia County Detective Wayne Smith called the case "twisted and bizarre."

Michael Hendrickson, 27, died in 1992 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His family contacted authorities when they discovered his remains had been stolen, and an exhumation revealed Hendrickson's cremated remains - along with beer and cigarettes that were buried with him - were missing.

Detectives searched Stolzmann's home and found the remains located in her garage.

Detective Jay Yerges said Stolzmann and Hendrickson were living together in the early 1990s, while they were both married to other people. The relationship was described as stormy. Stolzmann was present when Hendrickson shot himself in January 1992. Yerges said Hendrickson's family blamed her for his death and she was not invited to his services.

"I feel that her motive was spite," Yerges said.