Man Comes Out of Closet, Commits Murder

A Tennessee man who had been living in his lover’s closet for a month came out and killed her husband.

Man Living in Closet Charged With Murder (AP)

A man was beaten to death after catching his wife’s lover living in a closet in their home, police said Tuesday. Rafael DeJesus Rocha-Perez, 35, was charged with homicide in the slaying of 44-year-old Jeffrey A. Freeman over the weekend. “From time to time, you come across a case with very unique even bizarre circumstances,” police spokesman Don Aaron said. “This one probably rates right up there with them.”

Freeman’s wife had allowed Rocha-Perez to live in a closet of the Freemans’ four-bedroom for about a month without her husband’s knowledge, police said. On Sunday, her husband heard Rocha-Perez snoring and discovered him, authorities said.

Freeman ordered his wife to get the man out of the house while he went for a walk, authorities said. Martha Freeman told authorities that when her husband returned, Rocha-Perez confronted him with a shotgun, forced him into a bathroom and bludgeoned him.

Bizarre circumstances indeed.

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  1. carla says:

    LOL Wow.

    News of the weird.

  2. McGehee says:

    His walk should’ve been to go gather up a bunch of his friends to help Closet Man move.

  3. Rod Stanton says:

    In this case “Outing” was dangerous.