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A tragic end to 70 years of marriage

Police say Roy Charles Laird, 88, fatally shot his 86-year-old wife at a nursing home. Their daughter says it was a 'mercy killing.'
Through seven decades of marriage, Roy Charles Laird was by his wife's side.

After Clara got sick and started showing signs of dementia, he refused to hire nursing aides to help care for her. He insisted on doing everything himself — from washing her laundry to cooking her meals.

He was there nearly every day, a pained witness to her steady decline over the last five years.

He was also there at the end, according to Seal Beach police, who say that on Sunday around noon, 88-year-old Roy killed 86-year-old Clara with a single gunshot to the head at her nursing home.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder for what some who know them see as an act of love.

"It was a mercy killing," said their daughter, Kathy Palmateer, 68.

About three month

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Added: Nov-22-2010 Occurred On: Nov-21-2010
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  • It's not my place to say anything about this being i only know what i have read, but i will say if anyone knew what was best for her i would guess it was the man she spent her adult life with day in and day out.
    I just hope he gets it all worked out with the law and then with his higher power.
    Good luck ole budy.And Rest In Peace dear elderly lady.

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  • one of the most beautiful story's ive ever read.

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    • SO what kind of hardcore stuff do you read?

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    • Surely...lets looks at it with lucid eyes, not cow eyes. Life is tragic, and requires a bravery to face its elements. This man did this because his wife was no longer really alive, only making doctors rich. At the end of our lives not all of us will be healthy and clear minded....most of us will live long enough for our brains to rot away inside our heads. What then? Medical technology keeps us breathing for years, to what end? Profit.

      A beautiful story of a loving husband

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  • I hope someone does this for me if I'm ever in the same position. When the quality of life is gone, then there is no more life, just biologic functioning.

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  • you wouldnt let a dog go throught such a shit termination of a life ( via dementia) why the hell do we force our old, ill, fellow humans to suffer, i get anything like that shit wrong withme im taking a header of a tall building, fuck painand suffering. the man did good, and at 80 odd years old i guess he had nothing to loose personaly, he shouldhave suffocated her,let her atleast have an open coffin without destoying her head.

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  • perfect example for the case of dr assisted suicide!

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  • What is "tradgic" about this is that it wasn't allowed to happen after her mind first left her.

    Hats off to the man who was willing and able to love and care for someone for so long, and then also able to make good on his promises for quality of life, both for her and himself.

    As reasonable people, we know when someone does desire or should desire to remain alive. As reasonable people we also know when that time has passed.

    Anyone who says life is precious above /all/ else ne More..

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  • Come my time I'm just grabbing some 480v and I'm out with a Bang.

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  • I can understand the reasoning behind "Mercy killing" when a loved one succumbing to a terminal illness is suffering intense mental anguish or physical pain. Why would you allow your dearest a prolonged and utterly miserable end to their life ?
    If you were to witness an animal on the highway that had been crushed beyond hope, but was clearly still alive and aware....What would you do? Would you carry on your journey regardless or go to the boot of your car ?
    Anyway, after saying that More..

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  • Almost guaranteed he'll get the worst that our legal system has to offer. Poor guy, that was a very sad story. Wish him the best.

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  • Wow,, you try spoon feeding the woman for what'd they say - 5 years??
    Dress her, wash her and all that other stuff,,, man, I'd want to watch some TV not be a freakin' care giver... I'd cap her too !!!

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  • Hospital Beds are expensive.

    It's gonnah happen, might as well speed up the process!!

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  • they should of held out for the death panels

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    • Was thinking the same thing.

      I don't much agree with eugenics or state sponsored mercy killing, nor do I really agree with what this man did but I'm sure (with the story told) he wasn't a bad man nor did he do it out of malice. Would be very sad to see the one you loved your entire life slip away into a world of oblivion and just know in your heart what you feel you must do, I think that the pain he's gone through is more than any justice deemed appropriate could ever do to him now.

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  • Sad that he felt shooting her was the only avenue left but I wonder why he didn't take himself out with the second round.

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  • Heart breaking.

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  • Damn he put her down like a wounded animal.

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  • I don't care, send him to the chair!

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  • Haha... he fooled you all. That's just some Asian guy in a mask!

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  • I would have shot the old bitch 50 years ago

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  • LOL

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  • "...for richer or for poorer, through sickness and ill health...or till roy puts a .38 through ya skull..."

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  • If he was in a moslimb cuntry he could have accused her of adultery and the she would ve got stoned to death saving him all the stress.

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  • "mercy"?? married 70-years and he capped her.

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