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Monday, August 15, 2005

Man Says He Got Kidnapping Idea From 'Dr. Phil'

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. -- A Wisconsin man says he wanted someone to kidnap his wife just to scare her -- and he got the idea from watching Dr. Phil.

His attorney says Ronald Schueller thought his estranged wife needed a scare "so she would see the error of her ways."

He's accused of trying to hire someone to knock his wife unconscious and lock her in the truck of a car.

Authorities say it never happened because the man Schueller tried to hire was actually an undercover sheriff's deputy.

Investigators say Schueller came up with the idea after "Dr. Phil" said on his talk show that people sometimes need "a good scare" to snap them out of their delusions.

Schueller has been sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to undergo mental health counseling. He's also been told to have no contact with his wife, who filed for divorce last year.


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