Calgary Herald

Sunday, March 03, 2002

Wife faces charges in S.W. stabbing death

David Heyman
Calgary Herald

Calgary Herald
A police officer watches over the lobby of the Boardwalk Apartment Hotel after a resident was killed early Saturday.

A Calgary man is dead after a stabbing incident at his downtown apartment just after midnight Saturday.

A woman was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday when police responded to a report of a stabbing at an apartment shared by a married couple.

The man was already dead by the time Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene, said spokesman Doug Odney.

The man's body was not removed from the Boardwalk Apartment Hotel, at 330 14th Ave. S.W., until about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Merna Joyce Crowchief, 47, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her husband Kenneth Antler, 43.

A neighbour, who asked the Herald not to use his name, recalled witnessing the couple fighting in the stairwell of the building a few months ago.

Police had little to say about the incident Saturday. Det. Allan Brown said investigators had not determined a motive, but an autopsy would likely be done on Antler's body Monday.

The neighbour, however, said he heard a loud commotion Friday night in the couple's apartment that ended around 11 or 11:30 p.m.

He walked by the scene of the incident a few hours later when police had arrived and saw blood spattered over the door and on a bed.

The neighbour said he helped carry the accused's daughter, who is wheelchair-bound, down the five flights of stairs last Christmas Eve.

The neighbour said the street where he lives in general is "nuts."

"I don't have to turn on my TV for entertainment. I just look out my balcony."

He even recalls the victim complaining about unruly young people in the building.

James Keehn, who moved into the apartment block three weeks ago, said he knew nothing about the stabbing until he arrived home late that night and saw police officers outside the building.

He said the apartment is "a rough building" but "I guess (the stabbing) could happen anywhere."

A Mount Royal College professor said statistics show just as many wives as husbands are guilty of spousal abuse, but that many find it difficult to believe men can be victims in a relationship.

"When it comes to family violence, there's no longer much difference between the number of wife abusers and husband abusers," said Mahfooz Kanwar, a professor of sociology and criminology.

Kanwar said Saturday this may have been the case for decades, but the issue of husband abuse had never been studied until the last few years.

Although both genders may be equally likely to be abusers, men tend to cause greater injuries than women when disputes turn violent, Kanwar said.

"Wives can hit you, but husbands can kill you because of sheer physical strength."

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