Man facing homicide charge claims wife with dementia asked to be killed, report says

A Florida man facing a homicide charge told police that his wife was suffering from dementia and had asked him several times to kill her. Stephen Kruspe, who called 911 after shooting his wife of 42 years in the chest, was ordered to remain jailed without bond on Tuesday, The Sun-Sentinel reported.

Kruspe told police his wife, Pamela, who had been living at the Parkside Inn Assisted Living Facility in Boynton Beach since January, said, “I want you to kill me,” according to the report. Kruspe said his wife’s mental health had been deteriorating due to dementia.

According to an arrest report, Kruspe shot 61-year-old Pamela behind the facility at around 7:30 p.m. Monday, and hugged and kissed her before calling 911 to report the incident. The former high school teacher told police he had spent several days contemplating his wife’s alleged request, and that he would do anything “to get her where she wanted to be,” The Sun-Sentinel reported.

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A neighbor told the news outlet that she believes Kruspe was carrying out his wife’s wishes, and that the two were inseparable during the 10 years she knew them. 

“They were crazy about each other,” Jaclyn Tittsworth, the neighbor, told The Sun-Sentinel. “They’d run together, rode their bikes together. If one was at the mailbox, the other was the end of the driveway, waiting.”

Kruspe told police that Pamela was a great mother to their three children, but Tittsworth told the news outlet that the former marathon runner’s…

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