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Subject:  Murder/suicide a solution to long-term care? Date:  2/27/2007  2:32 AM
Author:  intercst Number:  2861 of 117510

Interesting story about an 81-year-old father with an ailing wife and two mentally-disabled adult children (ages 53 and 49) who shot them all and then turned the gun on himself "so that his family wouldn't be a burden on anybody".,0,3511593.story?coll=hc-headlines-home

ENFIELD -- Richard C. Brown, who police said shot his wife and children Saturday night in their Enfield condominium, said in a written note he left that he didn't want his family to be a burden.

Police today released the names of the four people they found: Brown, 81, his wife Martha, 80, their son Kenneth, 53, and their daughter, Janice, 49.

Officials are waiting on the results of autopsies being performed today by the state medical examiner's office.

Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said the motive given in a note left by Richard Brown for the killings was that he and his wife were in failing health and their two children had been suffering from illnesses as well.

"He didn't want his family to be a burden to anyone," Sferrazza said.

Sferrazza did not release copies of the note to the public.

A neighbor and associates described Brown as a tireless advocate for mentally retarded people - particularly his son and daughter, who visited their parents regularly on weekends. The acquaintances also said Brown had been ill recently.


I wonder what our conservative friends think about this cost-effective solution to the long-term care crisis? Or is this just another example of someone failing to "pull themselves up by their bootstraps" and "take responsibility for themselves" by not being wealthy enough to afford long-term care?


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