Elderly Missouri Man Confess To Strangling Wife In Hospital Due To Medical Bills, ‘I Did It’

An elderly man from Missouri has been arrested after admitting to the tragic killing of his sick wife, reports the NY Post.
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An elderly man from Missouri has been arrested after admitting to the tragic killing of his sick wife, reports the NY Post. It is alleged that 76-year-old Ronnie Wiggs suffocated his wife by covering her mouth and strangling her with his hands while she lay in a hospital bed. 

The incident occurred at the Centerpoint Medical Center, where his wife, who was not named in court documents, was receiving treatment for a dialysis port replacement. When authorities arrived at the scene in response to reports of an assault, they discovered the woman unresponsive and without a pulse. Witnesses also noticed

“suspicious”

marks on her neck. 

Initially, Wiggs had fled the hospital, but he later returned and was overheard confessing to the murder.

“I did it, I killed her, I choked her,”

Wiggs was heard saying by hospital staff, court records showed.

Despite receiving medical treatment, Wiggs’s wife tragically lost her life after the attack. Wiggs was taken into custody, where he once again admitted to the crime. He described how he silenced his wife’s screams by covering her mouth and then proceeded to strangle her with his hands until she passed away.

Disturbingly, this was not the first attempt on his wife’s life. During the investigation, Wiggs confessed to two previous incidents where he had tried to harm her during her hospital stays. He cited feelings of depression and financial strain as the reason for the attacks, as he could no longer afford to cover her extensive medical expenses.

Wiggs is being held on a $250,000 bond as the legal proceedings continue.

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