Minnesota Man Charged With Killing Mother Over Bedbug Infestation
December 21, 2015 | Minneapolis, MN | AP
Michael Theodore Gallagher, 62, is accused of killing his mother because the home they shared was infested with bedbugs.
A man is charged with killing his 89-year-old Minnesota mother all because their home was infested with bedbugs, NBC News reported. Patricia Ann Gallagher died of “complex homicidal violence,” the medical examiner told the paper.
Michael Gallagher was initially helping his mom clean, according to the criminal complaint. But the sight of bedbugs – and his inability to get rid of them – allegedly sent him into a rage. Gallagher was also convinced his lease wouldn’t be renewed, authorities said.
Michael Theodore Gallagher, 62, was being held without bail pending a hearing Tuesday afternoon on one count of second-degree murder. Authorities said he suffocated his mother with a garbage bag after beating her with a sculpture and choking her didn’t work.
Police said Gallagher called 911 to say he killed his mother inside their downtown Minneapolis apartment. According to an affidavit, he tried to get rid of the bedbugs himself, but failed.
Prosecutors said he told investigators he tried a number of methods to try to kill his mother, including first bludgeoning her five times with a sculpture of himself.