Joking About Being A ‘Serial Killer’ Gets Man Fired, Arrested

CBS Chicago

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) — At what point, exactly, does gallows humor go beyond the pale? Michael M. Romanenko might know.

The 42-year-old South Elgin man lost his job as an Internet technician and is facing trial, after allegedly boasting to two Naperville women that he’s a serial killer, the Naperville Sun is reporting.

Romanenko is free on bond and scheduled to appear Tuesday in Wheaton Field Court, charged with two counts of disorderly conduct/breach of peace, according to court records.

A Naperville police report showed Romanenko was arrested following an Oct. 10 incident at a woman’s home. Her address had been redacted.

The 32-year-old homeowner and a 23-year-old neighbor told police Romanenko came to the older woman’s home for a maintenance appointment.

At one point, he called out in Russian to the homeowner’s dog, the report stated. The homeowner, “who is fluent in Russian, was very surprised at (Romanenko’s) proficiency…

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