JOHNSTON, R.I. – A man has been arrested and charged with murdering his wife, dismembering her body and then trying to get rid of the evidence in a fireplace.
I’m not going into details, but I have often wondered if it would be possible to get rid of a body using my fireplace. I still think it is possible, but after reading what happened to 52-year-old Donald K. Greenslit, I may need invest in a working fire extinguisher before ever attempting it.
Firefighters were called to Greenslit’s home because of a fire originating from the basement. They were able to safely contain the fire although two children, ages 3 and 5, were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Investigators would also find the source of the fire were body parts that had been placed in the fireplace.
“It appeared that the remains could be that of a human body. It was actually wrapped in cloth and it was burned severely and was actually cut up into pieces,” said officials.
Greenslit eventually confessed to stabbing his wife to death and then attempting to hide his crime by chopping up her body and placing the parts in the fireplace. He may have gotten away with it for a short amount of time, but his victim was able to get a bit of revenge from beyond the grave by setting the house on fire.
Neighbors say the couple fought often and were no strangers to police, Greenslit having been arrested several times for beating on his wife in the past. In fact, he was on probation at the time of her murder and a no-contact order was in place.
Aside from saying the victim was around 39-years-old, they have not named her or said if the two kids were hers. It would make the story even creepier if they were… knowing they went to the hospital because they had breathed in their mother.