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Missouri dad allegedly murders wife then texts it was ‘way easier and more satisfying than you can imagine’


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A Missouri dad charged with murdering his wife allegedly wrote his name in blood on her butchered, half-naked body — then texted his sister saying it was “way easier and more satisfying than you can imagine.”

John Wonder, 31, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing and strangling his 29-year-old wife, Ashli Ehrhardt, inside the Kansas City home where they still lived together despite going through a divorce, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Post.

“I keep thinking about how she never screamed. Just took it like a champ,” the accused killer allegedly later wrote a friend on social media. “What a gal.”

Wonder had dropped the couple’s 2-year-old and 4-year-old children off outside his wife’s parents’ home at 8:40 a.m. Friday, speeding off without talking to them, the affidavit said.

About 90 minutes later, an employer of the company where the husband and wife both worked called police to conduct a welfare check after neither showed up, the report said.

Alarmed, Ehrhardt’s parents rushed to the house — and her dad found her stabbed body in the laundry room with a belt wrapped around her neck, the document said.

She was lying naked from the waist down with her husband’s surname, “Wonder,” scrawled in blood on her leg, the affidavit noted.

A large butcher knife and a cleaver were found lying next to her bloodied body, which was peppered with stab wounds, according to the affidavit.

“The laundry room door was partially open but had been secured with a bungee cord,” it states.

Wonder’s sister said she then received a series of disturbing messages from him that day.

“Hey kiddo. Sorry about the mess,” Wonder allegedly texted her, according to the affidavit. “For the record: it’s way easier and much more satisfying than you can imagine. See you around.”

Wonder’s sister said she then received a series of disturbing messages from him that day.

He also left a friend a series of Facebook messages, detailing chilling details — and how he had “no doubt I will be caught today.”

“To honor her. I will not go out by a gunshot (suicide by cop) but by, hopefully, a similar fate as Ashli,” he added, according to the document.

“Still haven’t cried. Still feel nothing. No more anxiety, though. That’s a plus,” he wrote. “Now depleted, in anger I placed her gemstones set next to her body,” he allegedly wrote.

“I’m guessing they will be finding her body right about now. I started getting calls at 9:30 a.m.,” Wonder wrote his friend in his last message before he was arrested later that day in Valentine, a Nebraska town near the South Dakota border about eight hours from Kansas City.

“Part of me wants to get drunk and watch ‘Shawshank Redemption’ one last time; however, I think it is time for me to go. Goodbye house,” he added, referring to the 1994 prison flick, the affidavit says.

Wonder was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He was held on a $1 million cash bond.

One of his parents said he had been planning to move out of the home on Oct.1, The Kansas City Star reported.

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