Man (100) believed to have murdered sleeping wife (88) with an axe
A 100-year-old man is believed to have murdered his wife with an axe as she slept before killing himself.
Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli said there was a "history of domestic issues" between Michael Juskin and his 88-year-old wife Rosalia, but it was not clear what sparked the apparent murder-suicide in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, on Sunday night local time.
Police found the couple in their Spruce Street house after a relative, who was not in the home, called authorities.
Neighbours told The Record newspaper that they often saw the couple out and about - Michael Juskin walking a dog and his wife tending to her garden - but said they kept to themselves.
Barbara Szczecina, 65, said she saw Mrs Juskin sitting on her front porch at about 10am on Saturday.
"She used to be in her garden all the time," Ms Szczecina said. "They were always together, putzing around outside."
Family members declined to comment on the deaths.
Likely murder suicide of elderly couple at 58 Spruce St Elmwood Park Rosalia & Michael Juskin. Under investigation. Wife 88 and husband 100— John Molinelli (@johnlmolinelli) April 6, 2015
Appears Mr Juskin took Mrs Juskin life while she slept then took his own in bathroom. Axe used on mrs Juskin. Knife to Mr Juskin.— John Molinelli (@johnlmolinelli) April 6, 2015
History of domestic issues between Mr & Mrs Juskin but no knowledge at this time of motive. Occurred late yesterday.— John Molinelli (@johnlmolinelli) April 6, 2015