Sunday, September 12, 2010

Homicide-suicide deaths in Portland Oregon

In Oregon, a murder-suicide following the usual pattern of man shooting his female partner and then killing himself was reported by the Seattletimes from an Associated Press article.

A previous blog comment on homicide-suicide reported the research by Donna Cohen proving that homicide-suicide cases are rarely cases of "compassionate homicide". Link to the comment: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2009/03/murder-suicide-rarely-equates-to.html

Recently Stephen Drake, the researcher from Not Dead Yet, reported on his blog how Compassion & Choices, the leading euthanasia lobby group, have been exploiting the tragedy of homicide-suicide to promote the legalization of assisted suicide. Link to the comment: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2010/09/assisted-suicide-lobby-exploit-elderly.html
The article from the Seattle Times follows:

Police: Two Portland deaths homicide-suicide

The Associated Press - September 11, 2010

Portland police say a man and woman whose bodies were found Friday in a north Portland apartment died in a homicide-suicide.

Police were called to the apartment to do a welfare check because neighbors and a friend had not seen the woman recently.

Detectives have identified the dead as 42-year-old Stephanie Curtis and 60-year-old Francis "Frank" Masure. They say Masure shot and killed Curtis, then killed himself, likely on Monday or Tuesday. Detectives say Curtis lived at the apartment and was involved in a relationship with Masure, who lived in Vancouver, Wash.

Curtis recently reported domestic violence incidents to both Vancouver and Portland police and appeared to be ending the relationship


Obviously the legalization of assisted suicide does not prevent homicide-suicide deaths.

Link to the article: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012866753_aporapartmentdeaths1stldwritethru.html?syndication=rss

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