Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities.
September 24th, 2018 Benjamin Eldridge, age 34, West Allis, WI
A 33-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of stabbing his brother to death early Monday on a West Allis street, police said.
Police on Friday identified the victim as Benjamin Eldridge, 34. His brother, Jonathan Eldridge, has been charged with second-degree reckless homicide -- use of a dangerous weapon.
Police said the brothers were traveling together in a vehicle in the 6700 block of West Beloit Road when an fight ensued and Jonathan stabbed Benjamin multiple times. Benjamin exited the vehicle and died as a result of his injuries in the 6700 block of West Lincoln Avenue.
September 25th, 2018 Dorwhitem Johnson, Age 31, Milwaukee WI
A Milwaukee man has been charged after repeatedly abusing his wife. 40-year-old Archie Griffin has been charged with five criminal accounts including mayhem domestic abuse, aggravated battery and first degree recklessly endangering safety along with two counts of bail jumping.
Around 9 p.m. on September 25 Griffin called 911 to say that he got into a fight with his wife and she needed medical attention. He said his wife was going in and out of consciousness. When Milwaukee Police Officers arrived at the house the victim, Dorwhitem Johnson, was found dead in a bed.
When detectives investigated the victim's body they found distinct discoloration near the mouth and on the cheeks of her face consistent with a chemical burn. Detectives found cigarette burns to the victim's private parts and additional signs of chemical burns to the neck along with bruising and healing cuts on her chin, inner thighs, stomach and back.
The Medical Examiner determined that the body had been dead for over ten hours despite Griffin pretending to talk to the victim while making the initial 911 call.
The ME believes the victim was whipped with an object and burned with cigarette multiple times. The woman had cuts and bruises all over her body consistent with being beaten.
An official cause of death has not been determined.
In a statement to police, Griffin said he thought his wife was cheating on him and "lost it." He told police he punched her in the head and body around 15 times and strangled her with his hands but said she never lost consciousness. The criminal complaint says Griffin admitted to kicking her in the head, arms and neck and hit her in the head a few times with a wooden chair leg.
Griffin told police he would put his cigarettes out in numerous spots on his wife's body. He said he whipped her with a phone cord and bit both of her shoulders. He said the beating lasted for about two hours and happened either a week or two weeks before he called 911.
Griffin said he was trying to nurse his wife back to health, but could tell something was wrong. He said she did not want to go to the hospital.
September 29th, 2018 Sherry Waller Age 34, Madison WI
Madison police say a man with a history of domestic abuse shot and killed a woman he had been seeing before killing himself over the weekend.
Authorities said Monday that 39-year-old James Sykes shot and killed 34-year-old Sherry Waller in her home late Friday or early Saturday before turning the gun on himself.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says Sykes shot Waller once in the head as she lay on her bed while two of her children were in the home.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports Koval said Waller and Sykes had been in a relationship since at least around last Christmas. Sykes was convicted of felony domestic abuse in 2016, making it illegal for him to own a firearm. Police are unsure how he obtained the gun.