Bond of $1 million cash has been set for a Peshtigo man charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend, who was an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

A judge in Marinette County set the bond Thursday for 48-year-old Brent Kaempf. He's charged in the death of 45-year-old Patricia Waschbisch. She was found dead in her Peshtigo home Sunday night.

According to the criminal complaint, friends told authorities that Waschbisch said she was going to break up with Kaempf and that he was stalking her at a bar.

Police found Kaempf sleeping in his car in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa early Monday and arrested.

WLUK-TV reports Kaempf is due back in court May 10.



Authorities say a Peshtigo woman who worked to protect victims of domestic violence was stabbed to death in her home.

State Department of Justice officials say the boyfriend of Patricia Waschbisch could be charged in her death later this week. The 48-year-old man was found in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa and could be returned to Marinette County Wednesday.

The body of the 45-year-old woman was found in her Peshtigo home Sunday night.

WLUK-TV ( ) says Waschbisch worked as the interim director of Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy group in Marinette.


Patti Seger, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), issued the following statement reacting to the news that Patricia (Trish) Waschbisch, 45, of Peshtigo was killed in an apparent domestic violence homicide. Waschbisch was the Interim Director of Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services in Marinette and a longtime domestic violence victim advocate.

“Domestic violence victim advocates across Wisconsin have heavy hearts and deeply mourn the loss of Trish Waschbisch,” said Seger. “Trish was a strong and dedicated advocate. She had the respect of her colleagues and fellow community members. The positive impact of her life’s work is beyond measure. She was tireless in her efforts to keep countless victims safe. While Trish is irreplaceable, we will continue that work in her memory.”

“This incident is an incredibly sad and tragic reminder that domestic violence can affect anyone,” Seger continued. “Whenever there is a domestic violence homicide, other victims often feel added terror and fear. Many victims are likely questioning if anyone can be safe. The most important step a victim can take to increase her or his safety is to overcome the isolation that accompanies abuse. Reach out to trusted family members or friends. Call the local domestic violence victim service provider—just to talk, if nothing else.”

Individuals who are in danger should know there is help available, in Marinette County and across the state. Victims can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline number at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or visit for a list of Wisconsin domestic violence victim service providers in their area.

“We don’t know any details, but sometimes people who are the leaders or helpers in their communities are the most isolated; they feel unable to come forward to get help for themselves,” Seger said. “At times like these, many ask why the victim didn’t leave, but the question should be: why did the perpetrator kill someone he professed to care about? There is a domestic violence homicide in Wisconsin almost every week. Instead of being fixated on victims’ reactions to abuse, we need to focus on the behaviors, attitudes and beliefs of perpetrators


Authorities say a Peshtigo woman found dead in her home worked to protect victims of domestic violence. And police are holding her boyfriend for questioning in her death.

The body of 45-year-old Patricia Waschbisch was found Sunday evening. Authorities have not said how she died.

Those who worked with Waschbisch in the domestic violence community say the victim, known as Trish, was a dedicated advocate. WLUK-TV says Waschbisch was the interim director of the Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy group in Marinette.

The director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Patti Seger, says Waschbish had a great knowledge of the legal system and the laws designed to protect victims of domestic abuse.

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