Thursday, March 12, 2009

Husband admits to killing wife

WKRN Channel 2 News Metro police arrested the husband of the woman found dead in their Antioch home last week after he admitted to committing the crime. John Kratochvil was taken into police custody Wednesday after detectives said he admitted to killing his wife, 32-year-old Manisha Kratochvil. Manisha Kratochvil's mother found her daughter strangled to death in her home on Sunnywood Drive on the morning of March 2. A detailed examination of her body revealed certain trauma indicative of foul play, police said, but the home showed no signs of forced entry. John Kratochvil initially told investigators he was in South Carolina on business at the time of his wife's death. Detectives said part what Kratochvil had said to them was inconsistent, and he finally broke down when confronted Wednesday. He changed his story and admitted he was in South Carolina, returned to Nashville to kill his wife and then went back to South Carolina. He also told investigators he staged the scene so it would appear an outside person or intruder committed the crime and said he killed her during a time of "marital discourse." Investigators said the murder appears to be planned. Metro detective Brad Corcoran said, "It appears he has been planning this, if nothing else, in his mind, and it looks like when he put it into play... He didn't indicate whether he wanted to talk to her or whether he was coming to carry out what he had planned." Along with Manisha Kratochvil's mother, the couple's children, ages three and six, were also inside the home at the time of the murder. The children are expected to live with Manisha Kratochvil's sister in Arizona. Officers booked John Kratochvil on criminal homicide charges late Wednesday. He remains in jail on $750,000 bond. To see the video go to:

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