According to police, 56-year-old Bruce Albee was questioned after someone called regarding a suspicious man near a vehicle. When questioned, he told the officer that the car was stolen and then attempted to flee on foot.
He didn’t get far before he was apprehended; he then admitted to the officers that the car was his stepfather’s, who they would find dead inside the home the two men shared. Police went to the home and found the body of 82-year-old Charles Marion Rees.
When interviewed, Albee told police that he and Rees lived together and had gotten into an argument over beer that turned physical. No word on whether the argument was over an actual beer, or an argument over beer-drinking in general.
Albee said Rees fell and struck his head on a table before he used a rope to strangle Rees to death. Afterward, he placed Rees on a bed and covered him with blankets. Albee wrapped his body in plastic days later, intent on burying him, as Rees’body was starting to get ripe.
Albee was arrested and booked into Cowlitz County Jail under investigation of second degree murder. During his initial court appearance, three jail officers had to restrain Albee in the courtroom jail cell as Albee breathed heavily and strained against his shackles. At one point he rolled his eyes to the ceiling, then bashed his head against the cell’s bars.
As readers of this site know, fights over beer are not uncommon. Earlier this year, 62-year-old Carolyn “Seahag” Dukeshire went to prison after shooting a man to death because he would not give her a Busch Light.Tags: beer, Bruce Albee, Crime, Murder, Strangulation, Washington