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General News    H3'ed 8/10/19

Elderly man in Washington State kills wife, self over medical bills

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A 77-year-old man in Ferndale, Wash., killed his wife, then himself in an apparent murder-suicide because of medical costs he couldn’t pay. He called 911 saying, “I am going to shoot myself” and had written a note with  instructions for authorities. Deputies used a robot mounted camera to enter the house where they discovered the man lying next to his wife, age 76. Both were dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Detectives found several notes citing “severe ongoing medical problems with the wife” and “expressing concerns that the couple did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care...It is very tragic that one of our senior citizens would find himself in such desperate circumstances where he felt murder and suicide were the only option,” Sheriff Bill Elfo said. Two dogs found in the home were turned over to the humane society. 

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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