On Sunday, police received a call from a man who said that he had been stabbed and his girlfriend was dead.
Police who responded to the home have said that the cabin home was “trashed” and looked as though there had been a “brawl”. They found the boyfriend sitting in a chair in the living room and the girlfriend lying dead in the hallway with multiple trauma. They say there was no sign of forced entry and weapons were found in the home which they think may have been used in the assault.
Family reports that the girlfriend is Suzanne M. Weiland, and that she and her boyfriend Peter G. Whyte had been together for 20 years. Police have described the relationship as an off and on relationship, but the brother has stated they were together up until July. And that after she left, Whyte began “sweet-talking” her, buying gifts and taking her out to dinner. He has told the media that Weiland went back with Whyte early last week. Right after getting back together the couple left for a three day weekend trip, and returned late last week. By Sunday she was dead.
Whyte was taken to the hospital where he was reported to be in serious condition, and police have not been able to interview him. They are not calling him a suspect, but are calling him a “person of interest”.
Family is talking about domestic violence. Weiland’s mother told media “When she left [Whyte] once and lived in a house in Edina,” “he came and kicked in the front door with his foot and came barreling into the house.” And she has told that she called police once when neighbors told her that Whyte had chased “Sue” out of the house. A local domestic violence agency has confirmed they did receive a report of abuse involving Weiland.
Sue Weiland’s brother has this to tell people: “If you hear somebody fighting in the house next door and you wonder whether you should call the police, just call the police,” “It’s not going to get any better and you’ve got to deal with it now.” He believes that neighbors heard this argument and other arguments the couple had.
Police have stated that the initial evidence indicates that the boyfriends wounds may have been incurred several hours before they were called. And a neighbor has reported hearing the couple arguing around 2 am.
The investigation is continuing.
Amost everyone has neighbors. And politeness leads us to ignore things a neighbor does sometimes. So when should you go past politeness and intervene?
Basically when you hear an argument and start thinking- someone should intervene- it is time to call police.
If see or hear a weapon. If you start hearing unexplained noises during an argument. If you see or hear some type of violence (hitting, slapping, hairpulling, etc). If you hear threats. If it is prolonged or appears to be escalating.
Some will say “I called the cops and they didn’t do anything”. You do what you can do- sometimes just the fact that officers respond is enough to stop it or slow it down. “I called, cops came did nothing, and after they left it started again”. Call again.
My neighbor will get mad. Talk to officers about that. If you receive any retaliation, call police. The victim will deny. Police are often able to tell what is happening by the injuries on the victim.
I’m afraid the victim will get mad at me. He/she has to be alive to be mad.
Peter Whyte has been charged with 1 st degree intentional homicide.
Susan Weiland was found with a black eye, a broken nose, and stab wounds to the back, neck, stomach, and chest. Police are seeking Whyte’s medical records in order to determine how he recieved his wounds. His wounds were to the chest and stomach.
Peter Whyte has also been charged with 1 felony count of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and one misdemeanor count of exposing his genitals to a minor child.