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Wayne County man charged for plot to kill his wife, claims wife's daughter put him up to it

During the initial investigation, 69-year-old Alfred Ruf told officers he gave Lisa Bishop an unknown substance, knowing that it would eventually kill her.

WAYNE COUNTY, INDIANA, Ind. — A 69-year-old Wayne County man is in jail for a failed plot to kill his wife by poisoning her.

Wayne County officers went to a home Monday, Jan. 3 around 9:45 a.m. on East Wallace Road for a welfare check.

Lisa Bishop, 51, told officers her husband, Alfred Ruf, 69, was poisoning her. 

During the initial investigation, Ruf told officers he gave Lisa Bishop an unknown substance, knowing that it would eventually kill her.

According to court documents, Bishop was taken to the hospital around six times because of symptoms from the poisoning.

Officers collected samples of the unknown substance and are examining it.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Ruf told officers he got the powdery substance in a pill bottle from Bishop's daughter. He told them that he and Bishop's daughter had been having sex. 

Ruf said Bishop's daughter gave him the powdery substance around September, and she and her friend would call him and tell him to put it in Bishop's drink. Ruf claimed once Bishop fell asleep, her daughter and her daughter's friend would come over, make Bishop drink more of the powdery substance, perform sex acts on each other and then have sex with him for money. He also claimed the women would steal his wife's personal items.

Ruf also claimed that the friend of Bishop's daughter said she would get married to him after they "took care of" Lisa, according to investigators. He also allegedly told investigators that Bishop's daughter had been speaking to him about her mother's life insurance policy. 

According to court documents, Ruf says he finally told his wife what was happening because he felt bad. Bishop had previously reported to state police that she thought she was being drugged and had made several reports on her personal items being poisoned.

Ruf was arrested and taken to the Wayne County Jail. He is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a level 2 felony.

Officers are looking for two other persons of interest in the case as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Department at 765-973-9393.

Indiana State Police, Wayne County Emergency Operations Center, Reid Health EMS, Reid Health and the Richmond Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

Wayne County is roughly 65 miles east of downtown Indianapolis.

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