[Marxism] Health care realities

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Sep 15 08:28:06 MDT 2009

(From my home town newspaper)

Dead man upset over bills, health problems, cops say
By Victor Whitman
Times Herald-Record
September 15, 2009 2:00 AM

TOWN OF NEWBURGH — Town police believe the man who shot and killed his 
wife and then killed himself Sunday morning had become frustrated by 
money and health problems.

Officials said Richard Benson, 74, shot Florence, 75, twice as she was 
emerging from her bedroom and walking down the stairs of their rented 
condo on Westbrook Road. He was waiting for her at the bottom of the 
stairs and shot upwards, Newburgh town police Lt. Michael Clancy said.

She was found in her nightgown about two-thirds up the stairway. Richard 
then sat in a chair in the living room and shot himself.

"It was an extremely messy scene," Clancy said. "The family is having a 
hard time dealing with this. ... It is very sad."

The couple's five children have told police that their father was a 
hard-working man, who loved his wife and family and had no interest in 
guns or hunting, but was growing frustrated. He'd retired from IBM while 
in his 60s, Clancy said, but took another job to pay bills. He'd lost 
his job earlier this year but was returning to work for Verizon.

Florence had Alzheimer's, or a similar condition, and Richard suffered 
from heart problems, Clancy said. As Florence became more forgetful, the 
bills continued to arrive and his own health deteriorated, Richard's 
stress escalated.

The two had rented the upscale condominium in the Stony Brook 
Condominiums for 12 years.

They had been married for decades. Their children told police Richard 
was devoted to Florence and also close with them.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, Richard was waiting outside Thruway Sporting Goods 
in Walden. He was there to buy a 12-gauge shotgun.

On Sunday morning, the couple's son James, 45, who lived in the home, 
heard the shots from his bedroom and placed the 911 call. Police don't 
believe James had anything to do with the shooting.

Richard and Florence took a number of medications. The investigation 
will remain open while a toxicology report is performed, police say. The 
results won't be known for several weeks. Autopsies were scheduled for 
Monday at Arden Hill Hospital.

Reporter Doyle Murphy contributed to this story.

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