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Mich. Man Kills Sister and Himself

March 14, 2001

who cared for sister with Alzheimer’s kills her and self.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) _ Apparently desperate over his sister’s worsening illness, 66-year-old James Leon Russell called 911, asking emergency workers to send two body bags to his home.

Responding to the call, police found the bodies of Russell and his 77-year-old sister, Joanne, shot to death on the balcony.

A note on the kitchen explained:

``To the cops: I’m tired of living, and my sister Joanne’s Alzheimer’s disease is deteriorating rapidly. Therefore I’m putting us both out of our misery. Call it euthanasia,″ the one-page note said. Russell’s wallet and will were on the table with the note, police said.

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