A 93-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with second degree murder in the death of his 95-year-old wife. The Kansas City Star reveals Harry Irwin was surprised he survived the incident because he planned on killing himself, according to police and court records obtained by the media outlet. Grace P. Irwin was pronounced dead at her home when authorities arrived Wednesday morning. What led to the woman's death seems to be a tragic chain of events.
* Harry Irwin called one of his daughters around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. He told her to come over around 9 a.m. Instead, the daughter called one of her brothers before going to the house. One of the children called police at 6:40 a.m.
* The daughter told authorities she found her mother dead on the bed with blood on her face and pillow. Harry Irwin was unconscious in a recliner with blood on his chest and arms after supposedly trying to kill himself.
* A suicide note was found on the table in the home. Even more disturbing, paramedics told authorities Irwin admitted to the murder on the way to the hospital. The Star reports the elderly man said, "Yes, I killed her." Then he was surprised to be alive, stating he aimed for his heart but believes he stabbed himself in the chest.
* According to the Associated Press, neighbors of the couple said the wife had been in poor health. Some of the couple's seven children visited often.
* When asked for a motive behind the murder, Harry Irwin killed his wife because she was screaming at him and arguing all night. He "couldn't take it anymore" and "did her in."
* Fox4KC.com reveals neighbors were horrified by the alleged murder. One neighbor said both people were "gracious and friendly." Another neighbor who moved to the area in September related a story about how Irwin loaned him a shovel to accomplish yard work.
* The Irwins were married in December 1942, six months after Harry Irwin enlisted in the U.S. Army for World War II. The couple celebrated 70 years of marriage a month ago. Grace Irwin turned 95 earlier in January.
* The elderly couple lived in the home for at least 10 years, according to the Star. Harry Irwin was his wife's primary caregiver. All seven of the couple's children are in their 60s and helped with more laborious tasks such as yard work. The Daily Mail reports many of the children lived within a 15-minute drive of their parent's home.
* Salvatore Privitera, Grace Irwin's brother, last saw his sister last week. The Star reveals the woman had recent hip replacement surgery and cancerous growths. Most immediately, she was suffering from abdominal pain but didn't want to have another surgery.
* Harry Irwin remains hospitalized. His statements to medical personnel, and the death of his wife, warranted the second-degree murder charges.
* Bond is set at $25,000 for the accused murderer. A hearing has not yet been set in the case, according to a search of Missouri Case Net records. Harry Irwin is expected to survive his self-inflicted stab wounds.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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