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Wife's bites cause death, police claim
The Modesto Bee ^ | 10/17/2002 | Ty Phillips

Posted on 10/18/2002 10:28:22 AM PDT by ex-Texan

Wife's bites cause death, police claim

By Ty Phillips, Bee Staff Writer

Modesto police said Kelli Pratt wanted her feeble 65-year-old husband to have sex with her the night of Oct. 7.

When Arthur Pratt refused, police said, his 45-year-old wife held him down and bit him repeatedly during a savage attack that ultimately killed him.

Arthur, whose skin was riddled with more than 20 deep tooth marks, died Sunday at Doctors Memorial Center in Modesto -- six days after the attack.

Detective Sgt. Al Carter said Wednesday that Dr. Jennifer Rulon, a Stanislaus County forensic pathologist, believes that the case will be ruled a homicide and that the bites are the likely cause of death.

"He was able to dial 911 that night," Carter said. "We have a tape recording of him screaming while she was biting him. When officers arrived, he was screaming that he'd been assaulted. She fought with the officers and tried to bite them, too."

Arthur Pratt, who had been released from a hospital several days before the attack, suffered from diabetes, heart and circulation problems, and other health issues. While those ailments weakened his system, apparently they are not what killed him, Carter said.

An official ruling will have to await toxicology tests. Those tests, which are not expected back for at least several weeks, could reveal additional details about Pratt's death, such as whether the bites caused an infection that proved fatal.

Carter said he believes Pratt already was in a weakened condition and this put him over the edge. "His death was a direct result of being bitten," Carter said.

Kelli Pratt was booked the night of the attack on charges of elder abuse, domestic violence and assault on a police officer, Carter said. Wednesday, she was being held at the Public Safety Center with bail set at $50,000. A homicide charge is pending the toxicology results.

The Pratts lived in the 2700 block of Park Place. Carter said the county's Adult Protective Services had a file on Arthur Pratt, perhaps indicating some history of abuse, but those records were unavailable Wednesday.

"I've seen cases where dogs have bitten kids, and blood loss or infection led to death," Carter said. "I've never heard of anyone being bitten to death before."

Bee staff writer Ty Phillips can be reached at 578-2331 or tphillips@modbee.com.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: hungryspouse; vampirekiller
I am resisting all of the 'head jokes' that are possible to attach to this report .... however, just barely.

There is a photo of the perp up on the Modesto Bee web site and she looks very grim. Would a friendly Freeper please post it?

1 posted on 10/18/2002 10:28:23 AM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan
I wonder if when she asked for sex he said "Bite Me"
2 posted on 10/18/2002 10:33:14 AM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: ex-Texan

3 posted on 10/18/2002 10:34:19 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: ex-Texan
Someday, I expect to see a similar headline-only it will originate in Chappaqua,NY.
4 posted on 10/18/2002 10:37:56 AM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: BlessedBeGod
Now that I see her picture, I would definitely rather be bitten to death than have sex with her. (Maybe she's more attractive when she's smiling, but I doubt it.)
5 posted on 10/18/2002 10:54:01 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman
Agreed .... The thought of being in bed with her and the lights down low is scary..... think "Hannah the Cannibal."
6 posted on 10/18/2002 11:06:09 AM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan
She shoulda gargled with Listerine.
7 posted on 10/18/2002 11:13:01 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ex-Texan
Ewwwwwwwww!
8 posted on 10/18/2002 11:18:24 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: BlessedBeGod
A two-bagger if there ever was one.....
9 posted on 10/18/2002 11:19:37 AM PDT by tracer
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To: ex-Texan
"He was able to dial 911 that night," Carter said. "We have a tape recording of him screaming while she was biting him. When officers arrived, he was screaming that he'd been assaulted. She fought with the officers and tried to bite them, too."

Now THAT'S what I call horny!

sorry

10 posted on 10/18/2002 11:21:03 AM PDT by SerpentDove
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To: tracer
Naw - that one's a coyote. If you woke up with her on your arm, you'd chew your arm off instead of waking her up.
11 posted on 10/18/2002 11:23:49 AM PDT by HeadOn
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To: ex-Texan

I'd say a fitting punishment would be to pull out half of her teeth without the use of Novocaine...

But from the look of her, I'm betting she only has a few teeth left.

12 posted on 10/18/2002 11:29:18 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: BlessedBeGod
Looks like a druggie to me.
13 posted on 10/18/2002 11:32:39 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: ex-Texan

14 posted on 10/18/2002 11:39:06 AM PDT by Alouette
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LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL !!!

I dying out here with the pain from laughing .....

15 posted on 10/18/2002 11:41:55 AM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan
wife's bites
16 posted on 10/18/2002 11:50:46 AM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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17 posted on 10/18/2002 12:35:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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18 posted on 10/18/2002 12:46:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: ex-Texan

I hear the police snapped a picture when they arrived.

19 posted on 10/18/2002 1:57:30 PM PDT by DrewsDad
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To: Maceman
" I would definitely rather be bitten to death than have sex with her."

LOL! Now was that nice?

20 posted on 10/18/2002 2:01:59 PM PDT by sweetliberty
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To: HeadOn
"If you woke up with her on your arm, you'd chew your arm off instead of waking her up."

Oh, you guys are BAD!

21 posted on 10/18/2002 2:03:17 PM PDT by sweetliberty
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To: ex-Texan
I KNOW HER!! Signed Shorty.
22 posted on 10/18/2002 2:48:50 PM PDT by Safetgiver
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To: sweetliberty
KINKY!!!!!
23 posted on 10/18/2002 5:45:17 PM PDT by dirtbiker
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To: sweetliberty
" I would definitely rather be bitten to death than have sex with her."

I bet she has a voice that would curdle milk!!

24 posted on 10/18/2002 5:47:37 PM PDT by dirtbiker
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