Man charged for brutally beating woman

A drunken Hilliard man punched his fiancee at least 10 times in the face and tried to push her out of a boat Sunday after she talked to another man on Kelleys Island, an Erie County deputy's report said.
Emil Whitis
Jul 31, 2012

A drunken Hilliard man punched his fiancee at least 10 times in the face and tried to push her out of a boat Sunday after she talked to another man on Kelleys Island, an Erie County deputy’s report said. 

Paul Wedemeyer, 47, was charged with domestic violence, felony assault, aggravated menacing, operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to stay in marked lanes, failure to transfer plates and expired plates.

The melee began Sunday afternoon on Kelleys Island when an “older man” sat down at a table with Wedemeyer and his fiancee, Francine Kriesel, 42, both of whom were drinking, the report said.   

Wedemeyer got angry and started yelling at Kriesel when the man was talking to her, the report said “Francine advised that Paul grabbed her by her arm and began to drag her to ... their boat,” the deputy’s report said. “Francine advised that once they were down at the boat Paul told her that if she got into the boat with him ‘nobody would ever find her.’”

Wedemeyer then shoved Kriesel into the boat, causing her to land hard on her shoulder, the report said.
Once the boat left harbor, Wedemeyer threw Kriesel’s wallet and cell phone overboard. He then repeatedly punched her in the face and, at some point, he busted a mirror over her head, the report said.  

“Throughout the boat ride Paul continued to strike her in the face and attempted to push her out of the boat,” the report said. “(He made) comments that it ‘did not matter what she looked like because her body would not be found.’”

Once they docked the boat, Wedemeyer dragged Kriesel to his pickup, where he pushed her in and drove off east on Ohio 2, the report said. 

“Francine stated the assault continued as they were traveling,” the report said. “(Wedemeyer) continually tried to open her car door to throw her out.”

At about 6:30 p.m., Huron police received several calls about pickup swerving on Ohio 2. When officers pulled over the truck at Ohio 2 and Ohio 13, they immediately smelled alcohol.

More suspicious were the blood stains on the passenger’s clothes and the fact that the woman, Kriesel, wouldn’t look at officers, a Huron police report said. 

“I asked Ms. Kriesel if she could look at me,” the Huron police report said. “When she turned toward me I saw her face was bloodied and her eyes were swollen.”

In fact, Kriesel’s right eye was almost completely swollen shut, while the rest of her face was “severely” swollen, the report said.

Wedemeyer told police that Kriesel fell off a boat and hit her face, according to the report. Officers placed him in the back of a cruiser.

With her fiancee out of earshot, Kriesel told police what happened.

“Ms. Kriesel advised Mr. Wedemeyer had been beating her since they were at Kelleys Island,” the police report said.

As paramedics rushed Kriesel to the emergency room Wedemeyer was in the process of failing sobriety tests. His blood-alcohol content eventually registered a 0.139 percent, the report said.  
Late Monday he was in the Erie County jail on $100,000 bond.




Murder is never an answer. I think what some might be missing is the fact that he could have killed her many times over IF he had wanted to do so. These sick men want the woman to live in fear of being killed, so they can be controlled. The smart thing to do is to leave a letter with a trusted friend,and the police, that if anything and I mean anything happens to the woman, the first person they look at will be the man!


 I am always on the woman's side...but dang, at 42 she is allowing herself to be bullied ? Perhaps, she should put the drinks down and take control of her own life. 


Infinite Possib...

So I guess because he did all those things she deserves what she gets?  Puh-lease.  I don't care if she was having sex with the man in front of him,  she still doesn't deserve the beating.  And you better believe if a man treated me like that, I'd spend all of his money and tear up his boat too. 



 If she vandalized his boat, he should have called the law. If she whomps on him, call the law. If she is flirting and it is too much to handle, best leave the relationship. There is NO reason to be beating up a woman. If she stole his money, call the law. Whole lotta "if's" here. Her story, his story, the real story. Still NO reason for beating her up. 


There's nothing worse than a mean drunk. Wonder if she STILL wants to marry him. If so, then good luck in the future.

Sit n Spin

A real tough guy there !


there is something worse than a mean drunk and that is a mean murderer. She's lucky to be alive!

Alcohol brings out the true nature of a person in their Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hide personas.

If there are any women out there who are in this type of situation, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!


Send this guy over to my house.  We'll have a toe to toe.

Bet he's not so tough then.

Men who beat women are worthless losers.


Probably has happened many times before.  Why do women like these loser type bad boys?  She will go back to him and then the cycle will start all over again.  He should be tied to a tree and bull whipped.


Looks like George Thorogood

Seen it All

@ 8ballinthesidepocket ..  Unfortunately, you are correct.  So many times these women stay with their abusers.  I hope he scared her enough this time for her to find the strength to get far away from the creep!


 Ewwwww.  If I was with him I would be talking to somebody else too.  Hope he feels like a real man for his actions!  Lady get the heck away from him!


We have enough low lifes running around here!!  Beat his A$$ and send him back too Hilliard Jail and let them support the chump!!


John BonJovi?............................ Never liked him either!


It's easy to say why doesn't she leave him when you aren't the victim.  I've been a victim of domestic violence and I stayed longer than I should've.  I would've been the first person to step up and tell my friends to leave but until it happens to you, it's hard to say what you'd do.  Many times they threaten to kill you, your family members, or anyone who means anything to you.  They threaten to come back if you press charges.  The sad part is that they really don't get much punishment for the crime when you do press charges.  Many don't get any jail time and walk away on probation and have to attend anger classes.  I wish her the best of luck and hope she has the courage to walk away while she is still able.

he said she said


@sassy  I'm so sorry to hear that you were a victim. 

I have been there too.  I was told day in and day out that I would be killed if I left or told anyone about what was going on.  This man had so much control over me that I lost all my friends, I lost my job because of having to call off from his beatings, I had to sneak to call my family, and everyday was like walking on eggshells because I didn't know when or what would set him off.  A simple hi when he came in from work could send my flying into a wall.

I did leave.  After 3 months of threatening that if I didn't come home, he finally found out where I was and  held a gun to my forehead in front of my kids with him telling me that I should have listened to him because now he's gonna kill me.

So please, if you have never been there don't try to ask why we don't leave.  It's not as easy as you think.  The fear that the abuser puts into their head is an awful thing to deal with.  You are scared to do anything for fear of getting beaten.

Someone that's been in this situation doesn't want sympathy, we want understanding.

Julie R.

I think I told this story before but allow me to tell it again. I worked with somebody once (she was in her 60's) and her husband had passed away about a year earlier. She told us how when they first got married (when they were in their 20's) her husband was drinking and he hit her. She said she waited until he passed out and she took a baseball bat to him. After that, they ended up being happily married for over 40 years and he never once in those 40 years ever raised another hand to her --- never even raised his voice.


 Alcohol is not an excuse. There is NO excuse for beating on a woman. Period. What a terrifying ordeal for her. If he is going to get so angry for her speaking to another man, he has major, major problems with control, possessiveness, obsessiveness, jealousy, and all the other issues an abusive man is known to have. He is not going to change, unless HE truly feels remorse and HE wants to change and makes the effort to do so. Even then, the statistics are very low, less than 3% reform, if wanting to do so on his own. If this man is court ordered to anger management, or some other useless court ordered program, the sucess rate drops even lower. Lower than below 3%. I am sure this has not been the first domestic violence incident that has happened to her by him and I can be sure it has become worse over time. An abused woman wants to believe he is truly sorry when he says he is sorry and tells her he will change and not do it again, but it does happen again, worse than the time(s) before. Francine, look up Safe Harbor Domestic shelter and they will lead you to help, a group, resources to help YOU. Not him. You need help to break away and get yourself back. You deserve much better. You cannot change him. It is NOT your fault. Take care of YOU! Now! Before it is too late.


Why did she not just jump out of the boat at Kelley's and swim to shore?  Or yell for help??  I don't understand this at all?  When they docked she could have yelled for help again.  She could have saved herself more beating if she had just screamed a few times and yelled.  I don't get it. 

This guy is just plain NUTS.  She is lucky he didn't kill her. 


@ wiredmama222   Yelling for help doesn't always work.  It doesn't scare them off when you yell.  I was in an apartment complex hallway screaming for help at the top of lungs when it happened to me.  No one came out to help me.  A neighbor later told me that he had cracked his door open and saw me.  I asked him why he didn't help me.  His response?  I helped someone once and the guy ended up pressing charges against me because I threw him off the woman.  He said in this day and age you don't want to get involved in other peoples drama because you never know what's going to happen.  He said, for all I know, he could pull a gun out and shoot me.  Sad, but true.


Do these women that put up with this not have a father, brother, male cousin, uncle that would not put the fear of god into the guy? I  have done just that. They are still together but he knows better than to touch her. Just like a typical women beater he just took it and knew better than draw back on me.


 is that Dr. Leonard McCoy?

he said she said



No, you do not understand.  You obviously have never been in this kind of situation before.  Make a scene,  you got a beating coming.  Call the police, get another beating when he gets out.  Forget about that TPO that was just issued, that piece of paper is just that, a piece of paper and most abusers don't care about them. 

Abusers isolate their victims so the victims don't tell what is happening to them.  On the outside of the house, he will act like the best thing next to sliced bread, inside the house his true colors come out and the victims live in hell.  This is the 2011 report of domestic violence across the country in one day.  Take a look.  It's sad and until domestic violence is understood by people that haven't been in that kind of situation, I don't think an end will be in sight any time soon.

 @ Lab

Yes, there were men in my family.  My brother went to jail for fighting with my ex husband.  You know what it caused??  Me to get beat so bad that my parents could not even recognize me in the hospital.  I couldn't speak because he had bruised my vocal cords from choking me, my face was a bloody mess with my eyes swollen shut and I had bloody tears running down my face for a week; he had broken veins in my eyes with the choking and hitting me.  My nose was broken and my lips were so swollen that they split and I had to have stitches to close them.  I had a broken hand, a boxers break, from defending myself, which infuriated him more.

 I will never forget these words said by my father in the ER, "I'm sorry, Officer, but that girl there on that bed, I don't know who she is but she's not my daughter." 



 In my opinion, and I agree with Julie R.........................................Dudes got to go to sleep sometime! And you can bet it would be a grand slam if  were an abused woman.



LabMan says

Do these women that put up with this not have a father, brother, male cousin, uncle that would not put the fear of god into the guy? I  have done just that. They are still together but he knows better than to touch her. Just like a typical women beater he just took it and knew better than draw back on me.

A fact without data is just another opinion.     We had to put the fear in some of our sisters b/f. It worked.

He reminds me of David Bowie, Go Ziggy!

Let's see, Kelleys Island to Marbelhead, 5 miles, BORS, and a low croswind. Hmm!


 I cried when I read this story. I hope this women has about three brothers that push him in a boat and take him for a boat ride and treat him like he did her, then after about three hours make sure no one would find him!!

Ok, no firearms involved. Give her the phone number for the antifreeze lady, he seems to want to keep her around and that gives her plenty of time to treat him like a king. With all that drinking he will never notice his kidneys failing. Slurp! Slurp! It's a margarita honey....  

@sassy girl and hesaid/shesaid.....first off, If I got away from this guy, I wouldn't go back. You both talk as if you would be there the next day or the following morning.  Not a chance. 

Secondly, this woman was at Kelley's Island.  She was by the boatsl.  If you scream down by the boats, the cops are right WILL GET HELP.  And yes, she could have jumped.  

I doubt this was her first beating. It sounds like this was done before given here actions with the police.  And the way she acted WITH the police is a dead give away.  Most battered women do that, turn away. 

I feel badly for her, and I sincerely hope she doesn't go back, but 5 will get you 10 she bailed him out within a few days.  What a shame that would be.  Battered women are convinced they are the cause.  And then it starts all over again when he gets drunk. 

Pretty soon she will be a statistic on a death certificate if it keeps going.  I fear for her life. 


Reading Signs and He Said She Said, You are both very wise and understand things others simply cannot. It gets so frustrating being questioned about "Why didn't you just leave him? Why didn't you do this. Why didn't you do that." As though we are to blame for the abusive mans actions. We know them better than anyone else. I recently left an abusive boyfriend. He immediately started texting me detailing how he was watching me,how he was planning to murder my family, telling where my family members were. I didn't leave him out of the fear of what he would do..the innocent people he would harm. I was told that if I called the police that I would be dead before they got through the door. A neighbor who called 911 was savagely beaten by him. He texted threatening to murder me all day and night. Approx. 2 weeks ago he was arrested and charged with aggravated murder for the killing of a man he was staying with. This is one of the many reason we don't "just leave".  For those who understand...Thank you.