It’s got to be Whitey: Bellevue man killed his wife with a hatchet
BELLEVUE, Wash. – A 71-year-old man who confessed to killing his wife Friday told Bellevue police he was tired of her verbal abuse so he hacked her to death with a hatchet, officials said.
Police revealed the motive and cause of death Saturday as the investigation into the incident entered its second day.
The investigation was launched Friday afternoon when the man walked into the police lobby of Bellevue City Hall to report he had murdered his wife, said Carla Iafrate of the Bellevue police.
Patrol officers were dispatched to the man’s Lake Hills neighborhood home in the 100 block of 159th Avenue SE where they found the body of a 71-year-old woman who had died from “apparent homicidal violence,” Iafrate said.
The man was taken into custody and was interviewed by detectives.
During the interview, the man made a full confession to the murder, saying he killed his wife Wednesday morning in her room, closed the door and locked it. It wasn’t until two days later that he decided to turn himself into authorities.
The man claimed he was tired of his wife’s verbal abuse and had killed her with a hatchet. He was arrested and booked into King County jail for investigation of first-degree murder. Charges are expected to be filed in the case early next week.
Police still have not released the name of the man or his wife, but neighbors say the home is owned by James and Jean Schumacher, both 71.
The couple had been married for 46 years and has two children who live in the greater Seattle area, Iafrate said.
She said there has been some history of domestic violence in their past but nothing extensive. The husband was retired from Boeing and U.S. Steel. He had worked at each company for about 17 years.
Neighbor Mary Farrell said the couple had been living apart for the past six to eight months, and the husband only recently moved back to the home.
She said the couple had a troubled marriage, but nothing that would have suggested this kind of violence.
“I just can’t believe he killed her, though,” Farrell said. “I just didn’t think he was that violent.”
Farrell said Jean was very artistic and creative, but suffered from severe arthritis.
“She was a good friend and I really feel badly about what happened,” she said. source: KOMO News