Yes, it certainly is disturbing. Sensational journalism.
I love Mel as one of my closest, dearest, personal friends--and we talked about this, immediately.
Neither she or her husband, or her kids (who were old enough at the time), have any recollection of anything like that ever being said.
If my husband ever said anything like that to me during a fight, I would never forget it. Ever. I repeat. EVER. (And, quite frankly--he wouldn't either.)
I DO, though, have personal experiences with complete recall, myself, of Charlie Leuhmann tampering with or falsifying police records. He has/had that kind of power.
And just last week, the BND did EXACTLY the same thing with another personal friend of mine, Jim Watkins, an educator from Emge school going to court in Belleville, who the BND alleges with a completely unsubstantiated story that he pulled open a woman's shirt and commented on her boobs.
Anyone who knows Jim Watkins also knows how highly out of character that would have been, and I don't believe that one, either.
Trash journalism, but it attracts attention for their trash paper and the trash people that provide the material.
Damn the lives and reputations they hurt with their lack of verification or discretion.