The 70-year-old man who committed suicide by shooting himself in the head early Sunday morning ended up killing his wife with the same bullet, Wichita police said.
Gene Whitmore was lying on the bed when he pulled the trigger of the medium-caliber handgun, Landwehr said. The bullet passed through his head from right to left and then struck 66-year-old Betty Whitmore in the head, killing her as she slept.
"I have never worked one like this before," Landwehr said.
There is no indication Whitmore intended to injure his wife, he said. Their bodies were found two to three feet apart.
Investigators think the shooting occurred at about 4 a.m., Landwehr said.
None of the people staying in the house heard the gunshot, he said.
Gene Whitmore had been notably depressed for the past few days, his stepdaughter told police. He had been out of work for more than a year.
'It was a million to one shot, doc, million to one..."
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 02:00 PM
I wish people would just go off into the woods to die. Although in this story, it wouldn't surprise me if he were trying to kill two birds with one stone.
Seems to me like if you didn't want to injure your wife, you would move to a different room or atleast make sure her head isn't in the firing lane.
Posted 12 May 2010 - 02:50 PM
pretty simple. there were probably ten or twelve other accidental deaths that same night across the country.