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Wife, 74, found fit to stand trial, for murdering her husband. Well, it can’t be a full moon. Looking at the sky last night told me that it isn’t, and the calendar agrees.
Nevertheless, here is another story in which the wife, the killer who is alleged to have shot her husband dead, placed him in an incinerator so the coyotes would not eat him. Seriously, but, of course, she is another victim, and the real culprit, “honestly, Your Honour,” is the dastardly husband who is not around any longer to testify on his own behalf.
Accused of shooting abusive husband, placing corpse inside incinerator
By Alexandra Zabjek, edmontonjournal.com
October 30, 2010
It never fails. When men kill someone there is never an excuse, and when women murder someone, they are never at fault. So, let’s see what will happen in this case.
Will there be a “guilty” verdict? If so, will the judge sentence the alleged murderess to serve time in prison?
Experience tells us that perhaps there will be a guilty verdict, but that there also are mitigating circumstances that will be used to rationalize that the poor woman is really the victim in her case and had no choice but to defend herself by killing her husband, for which reason it would truly be a great injustice to have her serve any time in prison at all.
Besides, did she not do a service to humanity by killing him? After all, he stank, because, as she said, honestly, Your Honour, he had not taken a bath for 25 years.
As she said, her husband of 50 years had “threatened to shoot her, cut her throat and to kill the two grandsons who lived with them…,” with the implication being that she had no other way to save herself. She just had to shoot him.
- Nov 03, 2010: ‘I shot grandpa,’ Alberta woman told grandson
- Nov 04 2010: Grandma gets 4 years for manslaughter
»In his ruling Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Eric Macklin referred to evidence [apparently hearsay – Walter] that showed Semenovich had endured a life of abuse with her husband.
“She lived with a man, as the evidence described, was constantly abusive to her,” he said. “Mrs. Semenovich, I wish you good luck. I hope you serve your remaining years in improved circumstances.”
She will serve time in a penitentiary where lawyers on both sides hope she will get the mental and physical help she needs.«
- Dec 10 2010: Alberta woman admits helping put slain father’s body in incinerator
- Dec 10, 2010: Daughter in incinerator case spared jail
So, it was a case of premeditated murder, of vigilante justice condoned, with the murder victim properly found guilty — and all is well.