There’s a Devil Loose: Elderly Man Admits to Pouring Gasoline On his Wheelchair-bound Wife and Burning her to Death

Grangruth is scheduled to go to court in September.
Grangruth is scheduled to go to court in September.

A man confessed to pouring gasoline on his immobile wife in April and burning her alive, according to newly released court documents.

Delano Grangruth, 58, told police he doused his wife, 61-year-old Kathleen White-Grangruth, with gasoline, lit her on fire and then ran out of their home, homicide Detective Matthew Nordan said in an affidavit seeking permission to search Grangruth’s clothes.

He’s been charged with second-degree murder and burning a building with the intent to commit a felony. He’s in the Norfolk jail and is scheduled to go to court next month.

In the days after his wife’s death, Grangruth said it was “a terrible and unfortunate incident” in an interview with WAVY. He said they’d been married more than 20 years, that she had dementia and used a wheelchair, and that he was her primary caregiver.

When a reporter asked him if he’d killed his wife, Grangruth wouldn’t answer. “I can’t say yes or no on that,” he said. “My day will come in court.”

But he wanted to make sure people knew something: “I’m not a monster.”

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SOURCE: Jonathan Edwards
The Virginian-Pilot