U.S. News Man, 88, kills wife in Calif. nursing home
Published: Nov. 22, 2010 at 9:57 AM
SEAL BEACH, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A man who had long cared for his ailing wife, whose "mind was gone," ended 70 years of marriage by shooting her in a nursing home, their daughter said.
Roy Charles Laird, 88, killed his wife Clara, 86, Sunday with a single gunshot to the head at the Country Villa Health Care Center in Seal Beach, police told the Los Angeles Times.
"It was a mercy killing," said their daughter, Kathy Palmateer, 68. "Her mind was gone."
As Clara Laird declined steadily from dementia over five years, her husband cared for her himself at home until three months ago. He would visit her at the nursing home three times a day, spoon-feeding her at each meal, friends and family said.
Around noon Sunday, a single gunshot was heard at the nursing home. Within minutes, police surrounded it and called in backup.
"We didn't know if we had a shooter or not," said Seal Beach police Sgt. Steve Bowles.
Police found Clara Laird dead in her bed and her husband in the hallway. He followed them into her room, took a .38-caliber revolver out of his pocket and calmly set it on a table, Bowles said.
Laird was arrested on suspicion of murder.
God bless his soul, and may they both rest in peace. he will not last long now, because his soul died too. Alzheimer's, Prion disease, Dementia, and all neurological disease are truly a nightmare. If you have never witnessed the demise and death of a person from this, long term, or short, then you really should not persecute this man.
AS a layperson, and as someone that has witnessed the demise and death of a close loved one to hvCJD and Alzheimer's, it is a cruel, brutal death, and the loved ones and friends that care for them, a part of them die as well, and you never forget.
I do not condone, or approve of this man choice to end the brutal clutches of Alzheimer's that had a hold of his wife, but i have been there before. ...
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4 November 1992
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with saddest regards, terry