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Reconcile, or Else! Wife Handcuffs Herself to Husband to Work Things Out

By Javier Lavagnino, Esq. on April 08, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In what appears to have been an ill-fated effort to save a marriage, 37-year-old Helen Sun handcuffed herself to her husband Robert Drawbaugh to try and talk things out with him. The Connecticut Post described the scripted-for-a-movie-like incident, which occurred after Drawbaugh returned from Los Angeles to Fairfield, Conn., to try and reconcile with Sun:

"Sun, according to police, changed the lock on the bedroom door so that it locked from the outside and purchased handcuffs in preparation for the encounter. That night, as Drawbaugh slept, she put a gallon of water in the bedroom and took her husband's cell phone and wallet.

When Drawbaugh awoke and found himself handcuffed to Sun, police said she replied: 'You slept all day today, now this is what we are going to do for the next day.'"

Unfortunately for her, Drawbaugh had other ideas for what he wanted to do with his day, but when he "tried to escape, police said Sun began biting him on the forehead, the arms and chest." If the previous references to police didn't make it clear, yes, the police got involved, and Sun ended up charged with assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and unlawful restraint.

This is definitely a case to be stashed prominently in the "what-not-to-do-to-save-your-marriage" file. Despite Sun's efforts, Drawbaugh filed for divorce yesterday claiming that the marriage had "broken down irretrievably." However, it probably shouldn't be said that Drawbaugh didn't give it a chance considering that Sun was arrested last year for breaking a guitar over his head. It appears that he gave it one last, but painful, shot.

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