Kansas Man Asks Judge to Let Him Sword Fight His Ex-Wife

I’m not sure what’s going on in the Midwest right now, but a Kansas man sought legal permission to engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife.

What’s crazier than that? The fact that a psychological evaluation deemed the man “not crazy.”

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Kansas Man Sought Battle By Combat After Wife and Attorney “Destroyed” Him

That man is 40-year-old David Ostrom from Paola, Kansas. In a court filing from January 3rd, he claimed that his former wife, Bridgette Ostrom of Harlan, Iowa, and her attorney, Matthew Hudson, had “destroyed [him] legally.”

So, what better way to get back at them than to destroy them in combat, right?

Apparently, the former couple has been embroiled in disputes over the usual issues that plague bitter exes in court: custody, visitation issues, and property tax payments.

David Ostrom wanted the judge to use his power to let the parties “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally.” David also added in his filing that trial by combat “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States.”

Of course, he needed time to find proper weapons. He also asked the judge for 12 weeks — which is apparently enough time to secure Japanese samurai swords for battle.

After the 12-week period, David would be ready to “rend their souls” from their bodies.

Clearly frustrated with his ex-wife and her attorney, David said, “I think I’ve met Mr. Hudson’s absurdity with my own absurdity.”

He also admitted that he filed the “trial by combat” motion in effort to get media attention for his case.

Judge Ordered a Psychological Evaluation

His ex-wife subsequently asked the judge to suspend David’s visitation rights and order him to undergo an evaluation. It looks like Judge Craig Dreismeier agreed, because he granted both of her requests.

In his ruling, the judge said, “This conduct is concerning. The content of the messages sent through email by David over the past few months is disturbing. David’s motion for trial by combat is disturbing. His reasons for filing the motion in order to get publicity is disturbing.”

David’s psychological evaluation indicates that he’s not insane, just has “adjustment disorder with mixed emotional features” — in other words, he’s angry about the dispute with his former wife.

“It essentially says I’m not crazy,” David told the Des Moines Register. “I just don’t like being denied access to my children.”

The “not crazy” dad has now filed a counter-motion requesting that his ex-wife and her attorney also undergo a psychological evaluation. He claims he has not received equal treatment under the law.