A Florida man confessed to killing his wife telling police that she was tired of suffering and wanted to die.
Stephen Kruspe, 62, was arrested and charged with premeditated murder after he called Boynton Beach police Monday and told them they could find his wife Pamela’s body outside the Parkside Inn Assisted Living Facility.
Authorities said Pamela, 61, had been a patient at the center since January.
The Sun Sentinel reports that she suffered from dementia and mental illness and over the past months her conditioned worsened.
Stephen told cops that his wife of 42 years had repeatedly asked him to kill her, but he struggled with the decision to do it. Stephen said he finally agreed to do as his wife requested because he was heartbroken watching her get sicker.
The father of three checked his wife out of the facility Monday evening and then signed her back in.
He then left the facility again through a side door to get his gun from the car.
Stephen shot his wife in the chest and told police that as she slumped to the ground dying she had a smile on her face.
He also said he gave his wife a hug and a kiss and hoped she was finally at peace.
Stephen called 911 himself and stayed on the phone with the operator until police arrived.
In an interview after the shooting, he told cops that he was willing to sacrifice anything to get his wife “where she wanted to be,” the Sun Sentinel reports.
Stephen is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond.