Lawrence Co. Man Allegedly Attacked Wife With Machete

EDINBURG (KDKA) — An ordained minister from Lawrence County is facing charges after he allegedly attacked his wife with a machete.

Just before 6 a.m. Saturday, State police in Edinburg arrested 26-year-old Charles Michael Cook for criminal attempted homicide.

Neighbors say they heard Cook yelling at his wife, 47-year-old Virginia Cook, and heard him making strange sounds that morning.

Cook is accused of attacking his wife with a knife, machete and a hammer.

According to the criminal complaint, Cook allegedly admitted to causing his wife’s injuries and claimed that he had been possessed by Satan at the time.

Before police arrived, Cook called his mother, Sandy Cook.

“He thinks in his mind – he thinks it was a demon that did it,” she told KDKA-TV.

Cook is ordained in the Universal Life Church, according to a website.

His mother told KDKA-TV that Cook is bipolar and often doesn’t remember what he does.

She says he doesn’t remember the attack on his wife. She also said her son is mentally ill and they tried to get him committed to a facility last month, but were unsuccessful.

Virginia Cook suffered several stab wounds and a collapsed lung. She has been released from a Pittsburgh hospital.

Her husband will be arraigned when he leaves a New Castle hospital.

  • castnbash

    typo or sick puppies ? 26-47

    • tipS

      26-47 ?? is that the Super Bowl score prediction ?

  • Ellen

    How can something this sad and dishearteningly disgusting turn into a freaking super bowl discussion. Good Luck and God bless Ms. Cook

  • Ellwood City girl

    Wow I used to date Mike…he was super nice to me and bought me stuff all the time. I know recently he had messaged me about his anger issues but I can’t believe this

    • johnny69

      you pushed him into doing this cause now he compares his wife to you

      • Ellwood city girl

        haha yea ok…and how do u figure?

    • johnny69

      obviously he compared her to you and why couldn’t she be like you?

  • gotta know...

    Since you used to date Mike…is he really 26 & Mrs.Cook 47…or was this a typo???

  • 87penschick

    since when does bipolar disorder = amnesia???

  • noway7986

    Its not a typo… that’s really the ages. And your all pathetic

    • angelluv

      Listen noway u need to mind ur business…

      • noway7986

        What is a scrod? U mean scrotum or squad? Learn how to spell spareribs and noway maybe he was a minister trying to do an exorcism use ur head…

  • spareribs666

    We have way to many crazy ppl in this freaking town. Put this psycho in front of a firing scrod and be done with it. So tired of ppl pleading insanity and saying a demon entered their body and made them do it. Give me a break

    • angelluv

      Praise jesus angelluv!

  • noway7986

    Secondly an ordained minister? I don’t see that being possible maybe a devil worshiper.?

  • noway7986

    Not sure why I put my own name in there… oh wait I must be insane. ppl need to think before they do things, no if ans buts about it.

  • angelluv

    I think u people need to go to church and save ur selves and quit talking bout people…

    • johnny69

      Church? All that makes people do is attack bad women with a machete! No way, no church for me, girl…

    • johnny69

      All church does is subliminally tell you to attack your wife with a machete

  • noway7986

    Johnny go to church, are u saying Virginia is a bad women..that’s not very nice, god teaches us to love everyone. Ha

    • angelluv

      Noway I totally agree…u should join our church group. We meet every wed night

  • noway7986

    Omg I would so love to, what times church meetings. I need more god in my life… this world well new castle is going to hell

    • spareribs666

      Everybody needs a little god in their life.

  • alanpoobear

    I used to date mike to… I never seen this coming. He was such a nice man except that time he got mad at me for no reason and made me walk home from the mall but besides that he was a good person until I heard this and I hope he gets what’s coming to him.

    • angelluv

      Alan? Is that a man? I am now wondering?

  • alanpoobear

    No that’s my boyfriends name.

  • angelluv


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