There are a lot of odd reasons people have committed crimes of the years, but John Ripple might take the cake for the most unusual.
Ripple, aged 70, walked into a Kansas City bank and handed the teller a note. It read, "I have a gun, give me money."
Obviously, the clerk obliged. She handed over just under $3,000, but instead of fleeing the scene, Ripple just sat down on the floor.
The bank Ripple robbed was only a block from the police station, so they responded almost immediately. As a guard approached Ripple, he said "I'm the guy you're looking for."
This...all seems too easy, right? Who robs a bank, sits on the floor, and waits to get caught?
When Ripple was questioned about his motive, he was pretty darn clear: he had just gotten in an argument with his wife and he "no longer wanted to be in that situation."
Yep, Ripple robbed a bank to get away from his wife.
According to the FBI report, "Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife... and told her he’d rather be in jail than at home." There has been no comment on what the argument entailed, but Ripple says he wrote out the note in front of his wife just so she was clear on how he felt.
Ripple plead guilty and now faces up to 20 years in prison. His wife accompanied him to court, but neither provided comment on the situation.
Have you ever been so mad at your spouse you'd rather live out the rest of your life in prison?