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Police: Wife’s cyberspace friendship led to her slaying

January 23, 1997

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A cable TV personality known as Mr. Telemart was charged with stabbing his wife to death in an argument that began after she received a dozen roses from someone she had met online.

Raymond B. Stumpf, 54, nearly decapitated his wife with a kitchen knife Monday, then stabbed himself in his arms and abdomen, police said.

Stumpf, the producer-host of a home shopping show seen in Pottstown three times a week, was charged with murder. He was listed in satisfactory condition.

His wife, 47-year-old Marlene Stumpf, had received flowers sent to ``Brandis,″ the online name she used.

Stumpf told police that he and his wife started arguing and that she began slapping him, and he ``just went wild.″ But he said he didn’t remember what happened next or how his wife had been stabbed.

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