This is probably the craziest story you’ll hear in a while! Maybe even 35 years!
Back on August 10, 1987, Pennsylvania police were called to the home of Carl and Judith Jarvis. Judith, then about 40 years old, called 911 about a domestic dispute. At the time, according to the criminal complaint, she testified that her husband had thrown a coffee pot at her and was “breaking things” which frightened her but was unharmed.
After the police arrived on the scene, they found Judith standing outside with blood stains on her sleeve. Upon entering the house, they found Carl’s body, with a gunshot wound to the head. When questioned, the wife said that she had not seen or touched the body. She claimed her husband had died by suicide.
How does she explain the blood stain on her arm? Oh, which she claims is her own blood – from a goose bite!
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Yes, you read that right – a goose bite. She said she was bitten by a goose, and that’s why she had blood stains on her arm. Why is her body still covered in fresh blood? And where is this mysterious goose!? Did it happen to attack her after the domestic dispute? Lots of questions…
However, somehow, law enforcement decided this was a good enough explanation. Although forensic pathologists said at the time, it was unlikely that the 42-year-old had shot himself in such a way that he was injured. Although the goose bite story is ludicrous. The police let it go. No charges were made in the case and Judith is free! Yes, until now.
Thirty-five years later, the 76-year-old woman has now been arrested in connection with the crime. During a press conference on Tuesday, Perry County DA Lauren Eichelberger announced Jarvis was officially charged with the murder of her husband. She explains how in 2020, some of Carl’s DNA was sent back for analysis, along with bloody pajamas. And you know what – it’s not Judith’s blood on her sleeve! The blood was found to match her late husband’s DNA and provided authorities with enough evidence to convict the elderly woman. Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Daryl Vankirk said later in the press conference:
“Since 1987, members of the Pennsylvania State Police have worked diligently to bring a solution to the Carl Jarvis family and we are pleased to announce today’s arrest.”
Judith has been taken into custody and is currently in Cumberland County Jail and has not been released on bail.
The wild goose chase is finally over.
Sorry, but how can we not?
[Image via Perry County District Attorney’s Office/Columbia Pictures]