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Pennsylvania Woman Faked Her Own Death To Avoid Being Murdered By Boyfriend

August 24, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Pennsylvania Woman Faked Her Own Death To Avoid Being Murdered By Boyfriend

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A Pennsylvania woman faked her own death to avoid being killed in “an extreme case” of domestic violence, according to authorities.

Bethlehem police charged Bartholomew Palumbo, 25, with attempted homicide and other counts after severely beating his girlfriend and leaving her for dead overnight, police say.

Palumbo called 911 at 6:26 Saturday morning to the 800 block of Radclyffe Street requesting an ambulance for his girlfriend, who he said has a seizure, police Chief Mark DiLuzio said.

The woman, whom police are not identifying, is hospitalized in serious condition, DiLuzio said.

“This is a case of domestic violence. It’s an extreme case,” the chief said.

Reading from the criminal complaint, DiLuzio said the violence began at 9:42 p.m. over a text message from a male friend. Later in the night, an intoxicated Palumbo wanted to leave but the woman wouldn’t let him, the chief said.

Palumbo allegedly grabbed her by the throat and slammed her on the floor. He pinned her on the couch and repeatedly punched her in the face, breaking bones, police said.

“See what you made me do? Now I’m going to have to kill (you),” he allegedly told the woman.

Palumbo threw the woman down the basement steps, picked her up and shoved a rag down her throat, the chief said.

That is when the woman allegedly faked a seizure and collapsed on the floor, staying there overnight and crawling up the stairs in the morning. Palumbo saw her, said “Oh my god, you’re alive,” and called the ambulance, according to Police Chief Mark DiLuzio.

In addition to attempted homicide, Palumbo is also charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats.

He is being held in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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