Man Hits Wife With Frying Pan And Stabs Her To Death

“I think it’s really strange. I don’t know the relationship, it’s really bizarre,” Captain Jeff O’Brien with the Traverse City Police says.

Traverse City Police responded to a call Saturday after a Michael Rode reported that he possibly murdered his wife.

“This was a domestic situation and the general allegation is that this began with a dispute over finances,” said Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney.

The two were fighting over a $400 bill and police say that fight ultimately led to Sandra Rode’s death.

“He just told us under Miranda that he was upset with his wife and started strangling her, then he hit her with a frying pan, and stabbed her with a knife,” explain Captain O’Brien.

Police arrived at the couples Tradewinds Apartment to find Sandra beaten and stabbed.

“I guess I was shocked of course, and the biggest thing was just thoughts of what must have been going through her mind at the time.”

Sandra’s niece Amanda Leonard remembers her aunt as a woman full of life.

“I loved her a lot. We had a lot of fun when I was young. She was like my best pal,” Leonard said. “We listened to music and danced. She was a really young at heart person, really silly.”

Michael Rode now faces one count of open murder.

“Open murder is an offense that carries a maximum penalty with up to life in prison,” Cooney said.

Rode’s arraignment is set for 8:30 tomorrow morning.