In the dark past of Apple River Tubing “Knifeman” who wrote about “killing” before he “stabbed Isaac Schuman”

NEW details have been unearthed about the past of a suspected knifeman accused of staging an insane stabbing spectacle at a popular river tubing spot that left one dead and four injured.

Nicolae Miu was arrested Monday and charged with the murder of 17-year-old honor student Isaac Schuman, who was stabbed to death along the Apple River in Wisconsin on Saturday.

17-year-old honor student Isaac Schuman was stabbed to death along the Apple River in Wisconsin on Saturday


17-year-old honor student Isaac Schuman was stabbed to death along the Apple River in Wisconsin on SaturdayPhoto credit: handouts from the Schuman family
Nicolae Miu was arrested and charged with the teenager's murder and four other counts of first-degree attempted murder


Nicolae Miu was arrested and charged with the teenager’s murder and four other counts of first-degree attempted murderCredit: Facebook

Miu, 52, is also facing four counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the disturbing incident after four other tubers were injured in his alleged rampage.

The engineer has claimed he acted in self-defense, telling police the violent confrontation erupted while snorkeling along the river looking for a lost phone, and was met with heckling that he was a “child molester”.

However, video filmed by witnesses and a statement by his wife to investigators appear to cast doubt on Mius’ claims of self-defense, a police affidavit shows.

While an investigation continues, a legal filing obtained by The US Sun in 1999 reveals that Miu and his identical twin brother Mihai once sought a restraining order against their own father, Nicolae Miu Snr, citing “numerous counts” of physical abuse.

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The January 26, 1999 document was part of a report by Nicolae Snr. in response to a protective order (OFP) awarded to Mihai by the Hennepin County District Court.

Mihai and Nicolae Jr. outlined multiple instances of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of their father, according to the file.

The brothers also testified that their father spied on Mihai, “lurking outside his house” and insisting they were “really scared” of him.

Nicolae Snr. resists the espionage claims. He reportedly told the court a bizarre, paranoid-sounding story that the “KGB has a conspiracy aimed at getting him through his son.”

Nicolae Snr’s appeal was dismissed by the court and Mihai’s protection order was upheld.

The shunned father died less than 18 months later at the age of 75.

The cause of death was unclear, and a spokesman for the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office told The US Sun they didn’t have the information on file.

An inquest has been launched into the death of Nicolae Snr, a Bloomington Police Department official has confirmed, although a request for further information has not been answered at the time of publication.


Before his arrest on Saturday, Nicolae Jr. had no criminal record in his home state of Minnesota.

He is the father of a 16-year-old boy, although the teenager and his mother – Mius’ ex-wife – relocated to Bucharest, Romania after their divorce in 2009, a 2013 court filing shows.

A look at Miu’s Facebook page reveals him to be a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, and an admirer of “attractive chicks.”

In a post written just a day before Schuman’s alleged murder, Miu posted a pro-guns meme on Facebook depicting a family of three hunting with scoped rifles.

“This is family time and gun control rolled into one,” the post reads.

“Repost because the communist [sic] on Facebook cover it up and delete it.”

A second pro-gun post, re-shared by Miu in March 2020, also referenced human killing.

“I believe in the right to keep and bear arms,” ​​the meme read in part.

“If you believe in the 2nd Amendment and you are a Re [sic] Don’t be afraid to show it, post it again!!!

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

Around Valentine’s Day in 2019, Miu also sent a thank-you message to his wife, who he said bought him a handgun and a stash of ammo hidden in a heart-shaped box to celebrate the romantic holiday.

“Big thanks to my wonderful wife!” he wrote. “I love my present! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!”


Elsewhere on his page, Miu appeared to make anti-trans remarks, bemoaning a perceived lack of respect among today’s youth in a lengthy tirade posted to the platform in 2020.

“The whole world is a very confusing world lately…boys dressing like girls, fake lips, fake boobs, wrong food, all wrong!” he wrote.

“Boys using girls toilets… is that supposed to be our new freedom point?

“Men who don’t respect their female peers due to lack of education is a matter of great concern…Children who don’t respect their parents are also of great concern…and yes, disrespecting God is what worries me the most!”

“Politicians should not be our leaders,” he continued.

“They should be our servants, because that’s what we hired them for and nothing else. Instead they are dividing our country!”

Among his likes are groups like Attractive Chicks, Jesus is all we need, I support Donald Trump, and one called Redheads Desire.

Insane Attack

Miu told police the stabbing insanity unfolded on Saturday while he was searching for his friend’s lost cell phone, which he had dropped along the Apple River in Somerset, Wisconsin, a police affidavit first released by The Daily Beast Shows was obtained.

As per the document, Miu told investigators he asked a group of fellow tubers if they saw the phone, which was found in a floating bag.

Miu, who was wearing snorkeling gear at the time, claimed some in the group called him a child molester and threw his snorkeling gear in the river, the affidavit shows.

The 52-year-old also accused a person from the group of trying to take off his swimming trunks.

“I don’t know why they were being so mean,” he allegedly told detectives, before claiming he was attacked by two members of the group who “produced two guns.”

“Nic told me he was ‘so scared’ for his safety and not sure what the people on the river would do to him,” the complaint reads.


Miu then claimed he took a knife from one of his alleged attackers and turned it on the group – although his wife’s testimony and video recorded by a bystander tell a different story.

According to Miu’s wife, Sondra, Miu had returned from his confrontation with the group and told her that a group of young people nearby had started calling him a “pedophile” and that they had taken his pocket knife and attacked him with it.

Miu had the knife strapped to his swim trunks pocket when he went to find the phone, Sondra said.

“Sondra stated that when police arrived, she observed what she thought someone was doing CPR on him,” the complaint reads.

“Sondra stated that she didn’t think Nicolae was there long enough to harm anyone, estimating it at around five minutes.”


However, witnesses claim that Miu was the aggressor of the situation – and video appears to support their version of events, as detailed in the affidavit.

They claim that Miu bothered a group of tubers so much that she called out to passers-by for help.

Miu then began “hitting or hitting” a young woman identified as 24-year-old Ryhley Mattison. Another friend of Mattison’s then punched Miu and threw him backwards into the river, according to the complaint.

At that moment, witnesses claimed Miu pulled out his pocket knife and began “stabbing several people who were near him.”

After Miu eventually withdrew from the group, video footage of the exchange shows his hands covered in blood, police say.

He was then filmed running away upstream while several wounded lay in the water.

“There was enough blood in the river that the water turned a red tint in places,” the complaint reads.

The police arrested Miu shortly thereafter without incident.


A total of five people were injured in the frenzy.

Four injured victims, ages 22 to 24, including Mattison, were taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds of varying severity.

Schuman, meanwhile, was tragically pronounced dead at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minnesota.

In a statement mourning his sudden death, family members recalled Schuman as a teenager with an “incredibly bright future ahead”.

“We are all heartbroken and devastated beyond words that his future has been tragically and pointlessly cut short,” the family told KARE 11.

“We greatly appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love and support from our friends, Isaac’s friends and the Stillwater community.”

Miu appeared in court via Zoom on Monday, where he was charged with one count of first-degree first degree murder and four counts of first-degree attempted murder.

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His attorney told the judge that the “unexpected chance encounter on the river” was “unfortunate.”

He remains in custody on $1 million bail.

The incident happened as both groups were driving along the river


The incident happened as both groups were driving along the riverCredit: AP
Miu claims he acted in self-defense


Miu claims he acted in self-defensePhoto credit: KARE11 In the dark past of Apple River Tubing “Knifeman” who wrote about “killing” before he “stabbed Isaac Schuman”


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