Stephen Kruspe, 62 -year old, confess to the police of the crime and told the police that his wife, Pamela 61-years old, who had been living at the Parkside Inn Assisted Living Facility in Boynton Beach since January, said, “I want you to kill me,” according to the report. Kruspe said his wife’s mental health had been deteriorating due to dementia.
According to an arrest report, he and his wife had been married for 42 years and they loved each other. Pamela was suffering from dementia (a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning). Recently, Pamela urged Kruspe to kill her because she did not want to live with her disease.
Kruspe shot Pamela behind the facility at around 7:30 p.m. Monday. Kruspe told police that after shooting his wife, she hugged him and passed out with a smile on her face.
He said that he is willing to pay the price because he made his wife happy and ended her pain. Some people are coming out to support the killing.
A neighbor said that she believes Kruspe was carrying out his wife’s wishes, and that the two were inseparable during the 10 years she knew them. “They were crazy about each other,” one of their neighbors said.
Kruspe was named teacher of the year in 1996 at the Deerfield Beach High School. The couple had three children together.