He did whatever he could to escape his marriage
No one ever said that marriage was easy, and too many people enter into it not knowing the huge responsibility that it is. Divorce rates rose to 50% in the 1970s and 80s when people realized that they got married too young and just shouldn’t have married this person. Those who stuck it out were either in love or just didn’t feel like divorce was an option for them due to their religious convictions, their family’s expectations, or because they didn’t want to have a financial burden.
But, there are some of those people who just should have gotten divorced. This guy didn’t consider divorcing his wife, but he has sentenced himself to a terrible fate to get away from the life he was already living. I’m not sure that this was the best option for him to take, but hopefully he’s happier where he is now.
Jail life may be better than home life for him.
A Life Not Worth Living
We don’t know the circumstances surrounding his marriage yet, but Lawrence John Ripple of Kansas City, Kansas just couldn’t stand remaining in his marital home anymore. I would imagine that Lawrence and his wife were married for decades, but should have been divorced a long time ago since he was driven to such extremes. They were probably fighting constantly and getting depressed and frustrated with each other. It was the last fight that pushed Lawrence over the edge, though. He took out a piece of paper and wrote the words that would get him in a lot of trouble soon enough.
Lawrence took a stroll to his local bank; it was just a few doors down from the police department. He walked up to a teller and handed her the note which read: “I have a gun, give me money.” The teller was shocked and quickly gave Lawrence the money from her drawer. It isn’t known if he actually had a gun on him, but the teller wasn’t taking chances with this situation. What Lawrence did next was the most shocking part of this tale.