Skip to comments.Arizona Man 86 given probation in the mercy killing of wife.
Posted on 04/02/2013 6:14:21 AM PDT by wyowolf
There was no doubt 86-year-old George Sanders killed his ailing wife. Yet everyone in the small Arizona courtroom the prosecutor, the judge and even the couple's family members agreed it was a time for compassion, not punishment. "My grandfather lived to love my grandmother, to serve and to make her feel as happy as he could every moment of their life," Sanders' grandson, Grant, told the judge, describing the couple's life together as "a beautiful love story." "I truly believe that the pain had become too much for my grandmother to bear," he said, while Sanders looked on during the sentencing hearing Friday and occasionally wiped his eyes with a tissue as relatives pleaded tearfully for mercy.
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my first thougt... why use a gun? there are TONS of better ways of ending it.
Regardless, I could put myself into his shoes very easily and the emotions he must have (and still is) experiencing are gut-wrenching. I can understand not wanting to terminate your own life, but I wonder if I wouldn’t have been 5 seconds behind my wife...
The old man will not be around long now.
I have known several men who actually willed themselves to die after losing their wives. My brother was one of them.
A woman I dearly loved willed herself to die only two weeks after her husband. She stayed alive just to care for him.
It happens, perhaps it is best.
So you spend a lot of time thinking of ways to kill people?
Doesn't anyone who spends 5 minutes listening to politicians talk about their solutions to our problems...
no... but I read the news and am aware of far more peacefull ways of killing oneself, such as simply going to the garage and starting the car with the door down.
She should have had enough drugs around to kill her. Strange way to do it.
The best way is to inhale pure nitrogen using a face mask. It makes you euphoric, shuts down the brain and you die.
The worst way to go is having headphones glued to your ears and having to listen to this over and over for about 3 minutes............
At first the victim screams bloody murder at the sound of the shrill voice, then blood comes out of his ears, then the eyes pop out of the sockets and then the head explodes. It’s very gruesome.
A pitcher of Margaritas and a months prescription of Ambien would do the trick.
No matter how sick or old, one has NO right to play God.
I've had a touch of nitrogen narcosis while diving. I believe you.
Shooting is a method used on animals. That’s a little disturbing.
nice sentiment. but in this case you're wrong.Suffering is noway to die
dude, that was CRUEL!!
He had no right to play God.
According to an obscure faith known as Christianity, suffering actually has redemptive value.
I SUFFER from Pulmonary Fibrosis. I am slowly smothering to death. My God knows this and will not give me more than I can stand.
Yes, it does.
“... one has NO right to play God”.
Personally, I am glad that the man was given probation. He obviously demonstrated he was a loving husband... taking care of her personal needs, medications, cooking, cleaning etc... God knows what is in this man’s heart and the reasons he took his wife’s life (which she asked him to do rather than die... neglected.. in a nursing home). His INTENT was to honor his wife’s wishes and quickly cease her suffering. With his failing health... he will probably be with her soon.
Right. He should be held accountable.
If this was a less enlightened nation, the judge could have sentenced him to be remarried, “as a warning to others.”
We know almost nothing about this man, or the woman he murdered, or about their life together.
It really is sad: but he should not have committed murder. Specialists in pain management 30 years ago and more were saying "There's no such thing as intractable pain. There is, unfortunately, such a thing as intractable doctors and nurses." In other words, effective pain management for the terminally ill has been around for a long time.... unless the doctor is unwilling or unable to practice basic palliative medicine.
Put in writing what your medical choices are while you still have the ability to do it. Download the National Right to Life WILL TO LIVE (LINK) now and customize it carefully according to your own best judgment. Then make sure your nearest and dearest know EXACTLY what you mean, because no piece of paper will help you if it doesn't have a living, vocal advocate behind it.
What happened in this shooting murder should never, never have taken place.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if he was to die soon himself...perhaps of natural causes but maybe not.
Growing old ain't for sissies.
That's true but one must also consider the possibility of substantial neuropsychiatric deterioration in the husband...even if no blatant outward signs of it were evident.God certainly fully understands such scenarios and would be forgiving in such a situation.
I saw a show a few years ago made in England where this guy researched the best way to die. He interviewed all these scientists and doctors and they went over all these different ways a person could die, how much pain is felt etc etc and eventually at the end of the show (which was like an hour long) they came to the conclusion that the most pleasurable way to go was by inhaling pure nitrogen. He then asked a prison warden why they didn’t execute inmates that way instead of lethal injection, and the warden said “Because we don’t want them to go out feeling pleasure” lol...I was like oh great, now the libs are going to demand nitrogen executions.
Be professional, be polite....but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
I guess many in the military would disagree with you.
Yes I should have warned people before they hit that link. I played it for my brother and immediately he put his hands over his ears and started screaming YAAAH! (I’m not kidding lol!)
The military should do away with waterboarding. They should play that instead.
"If you #$@& with me, I will kill you all."
I've seen plenty of patients die. I've seen some go like I'd like to go...And I've seen too many go...in a way I wouldn't wish.
Many families..and Doctor's end up torturing their loved ones/patients. And I don't use the word "torturing" lightly.
The lead up to death can be horrible...but it doesn't have to be. I can totally understand a spouse that can't stand the sight and sound of their loved one being tortured...to make it all stop.
Was a gun the right way? Probably not. Will God punish him? I don't know.
Is God a loving God...that knows the hearts of all men and women? Yes!!
Probation makes sense. I assume the terms are that he is not to kill any more terminally ill wives.
Let's say a patient is gravely weakened, in irreversible decline, and has an underlying medical condition which is basically untreatable at this point. That person should not be tormented with futile treatments, "heroic" interventions, chemo, radiation, surgeries, etc. which they can't tolerate and are just burdensome for no purpose.
That's when the focus of treatment has to shift to comfort-care: meds to control pain, agitation, nausea and the other symptoms of untreatable illness. Adequate food and water to keep comfortable; clean, hygienic, pleasant surroundings. Counseling and assistance needed for the main care-giver, too (like this poor husband) who may well be suffering from depression, stress, emotional trauma.
This was a bad death. Being shot to death by one's husband is bad. Why didn't both the wife and the husband have appropriate help? Who was the doctor? WHO LET IT GET TO THIS POINT?
I cry for the man.
Although I understand it.
For all we know...his wife begged him.
We will all meet death. How, is the question.
They beat GOOGLE® to it!
But, the GoogleMorg will link the photos into GoogleEarth© and we be able to visit ANY graveyard; instantly!
HA HA HA HAHAHAHAAAAAHHHAAAAA!
(Unless they are wearing a white lab coat...)
Sometimes you don't get good information from doctors and you don't know what else to do. My father's death from cancer had some bad days. At the time we didn't know better. In retrospect we could have done things differently and my father would have been more comfortable.
Yes; by all means; let the professionals do it...
And a certain religious group adds: and after that the Judgement.
I don’t care about them, FRiend.
“... we know nothing about this man...”
Well, in a way we do via his children and grandchildren. They speak of their 60 plus years together as loving. They also admit that he took excellent care of her including numerous trips to the doctors/specialists. I think if there was an indication that he just got sick of her and his life... there would be more details including that she was dirty, starved, etc.. via her medical doctors. I don’t condone murder. However, I look at intent. His intent, IMHO, was not to get “rid” of his wife. His intent was to end her suffering. I wouldn’t want to walk a mile in his shoes.. seeing someone you love suffer and hearing them beg to end their life. All I am saying is that he is old, sick himself and nearing the end of his life with the woman he loved who was in pain. I think it is easy to judge and say, “NEVER, EVER” when you look at simple facts on paper. I think living it... seeing it and dealing with that kind of stress is difficult to comprehend unless you are in his shoes. Just my opinion....
My wife and I managed the final days for three elderly relatives last fall—one in September and 2in December.
Being that close, and watching people you love struggle...I came to the conclusion that I can make it more comfortable, but I could not cause it.
What a horrible experience for this man and his wife.
Actually the Bible says that.
I have Pulmonary Fibrosis. Put a clothespin on your nose, a straw in your mouth and a 2ton elephant on your chest. That is my life everyday. When I can’t get air into my concrete turning lungs, should my daughter just put a pillow over my face and make all of this terror go away. It will go when God says it will go. Until then He will give me and my family the grace to endure.