Couple Dies On Same Day After 65 Years Of Marriage

Couple Dies On Same Day After 65 Years Of MarriageThey met in elementary school, began a romance during World War II and married not long afterward. They had a lifelong devotion to each other as husband and wife that lasted nearly 66 years — and one day earlier this month they died, just 11 hours apart.

‘They got to go together’

Their children call it their “final act of love.” Harold Knapke, 91, and his wife, Ruth, 89, died August 11 at the Versailles Health Care Center nursing home in Russia, Ohio, spokeswoman Teresa Pohlmon said. Their children said they were nine days short of their 66th wedding anniversary.

“It’s consoling to us that they went together,” said their daughter, Margaret Knapke. “On one hand it’s difficult to lose both parents at once when you didn’t see it coming … but it’s very consoling that they got to go together.”


‘There is a love that lasts’

According to Margaret, her father’s health had been deteriorating more quickly than her mother’s for about a year. Margaret said Ruth contracted a rare infection shortly before her death and it was clear she was not going to recover. When Margaret and her siblings told her father the news, she recalled, he took it calmly but they saw a “shift” in him. Just a few days later, Margaret and one of her sisters noticed that their father appeared to be very ill, she said.

“My sister said, ‘It’s almost like he’s trying to catch up to Mom.’”

Three days later, Harold died, at 7:30 a.m.  Ruth Knapke died that night, at 6:30 p.m. The two were laid to rest together in a joint funeral.

“Mom and Dad were ordinary people,” Reindl said. “I guess if people can learn from our story it’s that there is love that lasts, and that’s a good thing.”

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Source: Allie Malloy | CNN

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Wife Gets Life Sentence For Castrating Husband

Wife Gets Life Sentence For Castrating HusbandA southern California woman convicted of cutting off the penis of her then-husband and throwing it into a garbage disposal was given a life sentence Friday with the possibility of parole after seven years, authorities said.

‘Going through a divorce’

Catherine Kieu, 50, of Garden Grove, California, and her husband were going through a divorce at the time of the July 2011 incident. The couple married in December 2009, but in May 2011 the husband filed for divorce, which was granted in August 2011, according to Orange County court records.

Kieu laced her husband’s dinner with the sleep medication Ambien after they had an argument over a friend possibly staying with them at a later date, the Orange County district attorney’s office said in a statement Friday. When the husband went to sleep, Kieu tied his legs and arms to the four corners of the bed, and when he awoke, she pulled down his pants and severed his penis with a knife, prosecutors charged.


‘Spousal abuse’

Kieu then threw the severed penis into the garbage disposal, turned it on and mutilated it, prosecutors alleged. Kieu then called 911 about how her husband was bleeding, and he was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery, authorities said. The victim’s name has not been made public because he is a victim of spousal abuse, police said.

On April 29, a jury convicted Kieu of one felony count of torture, one felony count of aggravated mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife, prosecutors said.

The Vietnam-born Kieu is also known as Que Anh Tran, court papers said. She and her ex-husband had no children, divorce papers said. During the trial, Kieu’s attorney said she suffered mental health issues, including depression, and the lawyer argued she shouldn’t be found guilty, the prosecutor’s office said.

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Source: Michael Martinez | CNN

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