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Lombard neighbor says man allegedly beaten to death by wife was 'very, very kind'

Lombard resident Dennis Pulchinski remembers Zeljko Misocevic as a kind, helpful man—so he was shocked when he learned his west suburban neighbor was found stabbed and beaten to death last week.

Pulchinski said he wasn’t home when Lombard police blocked off his street and put crime scene tape around Misocevic’s home—where he was found—in the 800 block of Hammerschmidt Avenue about 11 a.m. Thursday.

“The story I’m hearing is that it was the bloodiest scene police have ever seen around here,” said Pulchinski, who has lived across the street from the murder home for 36 years.

Misocevic’s wife, Anka Misocevic, has been charged with stabbing and beating her husband with a baseball bat, the Du Page County State’s Attorney’s office said.

Prosecutors said she stabbed her husband in the chest with a knife while he was sleeping in their bed.

When he pulled the knife from his chest and called 911, a struggle ensued between husband and wife, and she struck him in the head with a bat, prosecutors said.

Rescue crews took the victim to a hospital, where he later died, the state’s attorney’s office said.

In the five years Zeljko Misocevic lived across the street from him, he was a “very, very kind gentleman,” Pulchinski said. He would often come over and snow blow the driveway for Pulchinski and another neighbor.

“He was always paying back,” Pulchinski said.

Pulchinski, said he did not see Anka Misocevic much and didn’t get to know her at all.

He said the couple has a 12-year-old son who is currently staying with another family in the area.

The boy’s relatives from Poland may be coming to the United States soon to become caretakers, Pulchinski said.

“We’re completely shocked,” Pulchinski said.

Anka Misocevic, 56, faces one count of first-degree murder. Judge Patrick Leston ordered her held on $3 million during a hearing Saturday, prosecutors said. She is next scheduled to appear in court Feb. 3.

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