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Park Falls murder suspect compares himself to Jodi Arias


A Park Falls man told police that he became angry and frustrated with his estranged wife because she wouldn't provide him a temporary place to live so he slashed and repeatedly stabbed her, according to a criminal complaint.

"I got nothing to hide. I did what I did. It is what it is," William Rambo told investigators. "I'm worse than Jodi Arias."

Arias was convicted of murder in the June 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend in Arizona. He died of multiple stab wounds, a slit throat and a gunshot to the head. Arias was convicted in May in a trial that received widespread media attention.

Rambo, 46, was charged Thursday in Price County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide in the Aug. 22 death of 37-year-old Dawn Rambo.

The criminal complaint said she suffered eight stab or cut wounds on her face and neck.

William Rambo told investigators that he and Dawn separated seven years ago and he recently fell on tough times, in part because he couldn't work due to back problems.

He lived in his Chevrolet Blazer for a time, moved in with his wife again in Park Falls but she quickly wanted him out, the complaint said.

The day of the killing, Rambo said he went to the house to talk to his wife.

"He told Dawn he couldn't go on like this and that she had him sleeping in his truck," the complaint said. "Dawn told him that she didn't care and that it was his problem."

Rambo told investigators that Dawn got snotty with him, giving him an attitude, the complaint said.

"We couldn't work out a deal so I went into the kitchen and said what kind of deal can we work out now?" Rambo told investigators.

He said he grabbed his wife around the neck because she was going to walk out and then he started "slashing" her with a knife, the complaint said.

Mrs. Rambo got out of the home and went to a nearby neighbor who called 911.

When police arrived, the neighbor was standing on porch "frantically yelling, 'Her throat is slit, Her throat is slit,'" the complaint said.

Two officers got Mrs. Rambo into a police car and rushed her to a hospital, where she died, the complaint said.

William Rambo is in jail on a $500,000 cash bond. He returns to court Oct. 1, according to online court records.

On the day Mrs. Rambo was killed, court documents were filed accusing her husband of battery of her just days earlier, authorities said. He was not to have contact with her without prior written consent, according to court records.

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