Texas Man Accused of Chaining Wife

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Registered: 03-23-2003
Texas Man Accused of Chaining Wife
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 1:50pm
sick...sick...sick...sick... ;-p



Friday, April 4, 2003 · Last updated 11:37 a.m. PT


SAN ANTONIO -- A man was arrested after his wife was found with a 25-foot chain similar to those used for dogs padlocked around her neck, police said.

Jerry Wayne Thomason, 41, was arrested Thursday. A witness had contacted police, saying she noticed the chain around Patricia Thomason's neck as the couple dropped off their two sons, ages 11 and 14, at school.

Police said the witness asked Jerry Thomason about the chain, and he jerked it and said that he used it so that his wife couldn't run off.

Officer Kenny Hagen said police went to the Thomason home and found the 45-year-old woman in her driveway, her face bruised and the chain still around her neck. Her husband was asleep in a car in the driveway, he said.

"She had a really tough time talking," Hagen said. "She was distraught, kind of like beat down, almost like you had accepted your fate in life."

The chain was wrapped around her neck twice and held in place with a padlock, and she was holding the rest of it in her arms, police said. Firefighters used bolt cutters to get it off, and the woman was treated at a hospital and released.

Thomason was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful restraint.

Thomason, who had told police he loved his wife and wanted to take care of her, was in Bexar County Jail on Friday morning. Bond was set at $53,000.

Police said it was unclear how long the woman had been wearing the chain or whether it was ever used to tie her to something. The couple's two children were with their maternal grandmother, police said.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 5:26pm
Maybe it's just another example of conservative family values. Just wondering!
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Registered: 03-23-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 6:29pm
While I'm definitely not big on 'conservative family values' (especially the ones that are so rigid and male-dominated), I think it's just some sicko using his interpretation of the Bible or 'family values' in order to feel powerful and 'macho'. Makes me wonder what the two kids have witnessed over the years and how that will affect their definition of a healthy relationship is.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 10:14pm
That is one of the stupidest things I have ever read on this board.
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Registered: 03-18-2000
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 10:17pm
What a monster! That poor woman & the kids, just dreadful.