Wired Bath

Man claims wife's near-death experience meant to save marriage

He says he was only trying to scare her. That's William Dahlby's version of why he threw a live electrical wire into his wife's bath. He said he hoped a near-death experience would save their marriage. A jury in La Crosse, Wisconsin, didn't buy it. It found Dahlby guilty today of attempted first-degree murder. Dahlby said the wire was hooked to a ground fault interrupter designed to cut the electricity when the cord sensed water. His wife was not hurt. She had testified that when her husband dropped the cord into the water she jumped out, but he tried to push her back in. She then escaped. Prosecutors say Dahlby was trying to kill his wife to be with another woman with whom he'd admitted involvement.