INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota man told police his wife was accidentally crushed to death by a totem pole last year, but now investigators say he meant to kill his wife.

Police said 49-year-old Carl Muggli, of International Falls, was arrested in southern Texas on Tuesday.

He and his late wife Linda Muggli ran a totem pole business. Last November, Carl Muggli told police a pole the two were working on fell onto his wife.

She was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

About a week after the incident, a tipster told the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office about intimate Facebook entries between Carl Muggli and a woman in Alabama.

The woman from Alabama later told police she was on the phone with Carl Muggli when he was arguing with his wife about a divorce. She says he called back saying there had been an accident.

Carl Muggli moved to Stockdale, Texas after his wife’s death.

He will be returned to International Falls to face murder charges.

Comments (8)
  1. Cindy says:

    I wonder how many people have died by totem pole. Bet it’s a short list. Nice husband!

  2. red says:

    sounds obvious to me he was trying to get rid of her to be with his hutchie mama in Alabama

  3. wHATEVER says:

    And how will they ever prove this one way or other. People cheat all the time.

  4. ITsOKJusttakeAToke says:

    I think he forget to yell “TIMBER”

  5. Ouch. says:

    Should have just smoked ’em peace pipe, and got divorced. Bet he gets poked with a different type of “totem pole” in prison.

  6. Tent says:

    Totem Poles can be hard on a marriage. Maybe his totem pole was not up to par.

    1. Hugh Jorgan says:

      Hahahahahaha! Ummm… Hahahahahaha!


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