A 62-year-old Florida man was charged with murder after he admitted to shooting his wife outside her nursing home on Monday. According to People, he gunned her down at her request, as a way to save her from her deteriorating mental condition.
Stephen Kruspe will faces a first-degree murder charge for the killing of his 61-year-old wife, Pamela Kruspe. He shot her in the chest, according to the report.
The two were married for 42 years and had three children. Authorities said Pamela Kruspe suffered from dementia.
According to police, Stephen Kruspe called 911 on Monday night to say that he had just shot his wife outside of the assisted living facility. He apparently hugged and kissed her after he shot her, the report states.
She has been a resident at the home since January. He stayed on the phone until police arrived. Officers found her dead behind the facility, according to the report, and a .45-caliber handgun nearby her body.
“I want you to kill me,” is what she stated, according to her Stephen Kruspe. He claims he had considered her request for a few days.
He told police that her “mental health [had] been getting worse and that Pamela had stated to him several times in the past and present that she wanted to die and that she wanted him to kill her.”
According to the report, Pamela Kruspe’s condition left her husband broken hearted.
Stephen told police that the moments after his wife’s death were “surreal” and he hoped she was at peace, according to the report.
Jaclyn Tittsworth, a friend and neighbor of the couple, told People the pair was inseparable.
“I saw them always together … When you saw one, the other one was not far behind.”