Farmer's wife found impaled with corn rake had told secret lover he'll kill her if he discovered their affair
Todd Mullis, 42, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday in Earlville, Iowa over the November 2018 death of his wife Amy Mullis
A farmer from Iowa has been accused of murdering his wife by impaling her with a corn rake. Police allege that he came to know about his wife's affair and killed her. His wife had reportedly told her friend: "If he catches me cheating, he might make me disappear."
Todd Mullis, 42, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday in Earlville, Iowa over the November 2018 death of his wife Amy Mullis, 39, on the farm where they lived with three children, Daily Mail reported. At that time, Todd had told the police that his wife must have tripped and fallen on the rake, dying accidentally.
However, the coroner determined that while the corn rake was four-pronged, Amy had at least six puncture wounds, indicating she had been stabbed repeatedly. Her death was ruled a homicide.
A spokesperson of Delaware County Sheriff's Office recently revealed the details of the investigation. Todd and Amy married in 2004, and had two sons, one aged 13 and another aged 8, and an 11-year-old daughter. The family of five lived on their large farm in eastern Iowa, raising corn and hogs.
During police interrogation, Todd revealed that he had caught his wife in an affair with another man in 2013 and, though that was solved, he found her involved with another man in May 2018. The man reportedly told police that Amy had confided that she wanted to leave Todd, but was "scared to death" of what her husband might do.
"If he catches me, he might make me disappear," Amy told her secret lover in the summer of 2018, according to the affidavit.
In August of 2018, police said that Amy told another friend that, if she disappeared, "You'll know Todd did something to me." Another friend stated that Amy said that Todd would kill her and throw her to the pigs if he ever discovered the affair.
Todd is believed to have had his suspicions from the very start of the affair as police reviewed his internet search history and discovered that, in May of 2018, he had googled the terms "killing unfaithful women" and "what happens to cheaters in history" as well as "what happened to cheating spouses in historic Aztec tribes." On November 6, four days before Amy's death, Todd searched the internet for "organs of the body" and looked at several anatomical diagrams of the human body.
On November 10 at 12.05 pm, Todd called 911, frantically reporting that his wife was unresponsive. Todd claimed that he had been working along with Amy and their 13-year-old son that morning when he noticed that Amy was dizzy. The husband said he told his wife to go lie down in the house until she felt better, but asked her to grab an animal carrier for a litter of kittens from another outbuilding before she went inside.
When the animal carrier wasn't where Amy was supposed to leave it, Todd asked his son to look for Amy. The boy found his mother in a nearby shed, lying on the ground with a corn rake impaled in her back.
He told police he removed the rake and started driving his wife to the hospital. At some point, they were met by an ambulance, who rushed Amy to the emergency room, where she was declared dead.
An autopsy found six puncture wounds in Amy's back. Two were at an upward angle, and four downward. The corn rake only has four tines, police said.
Todd Michael Mullis was arrested on Thursday and is being held at the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $5 million cash bond. His preliminary hearing is set for March 8 and can face life prison if convicted.