These Unhappy Golden Years

A really bizarre case. Is this lady possibly the oldest person in US history to be charged with murder? I’d be willing to wager that she is.

Mass. woman, 98, indicted in roommate’s death The Associated Press NEW BEDFORD, Mass. . A 98-year-old woman has been indicted on a second-degree murder
charge that accuses her of strangling her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home.

A grand jury on Friday returned the indictment against Laura Lundquist. A judge sent her to a state mental hospital for a competency evaluation.

Her roommate, Elizabeth Barrow, was found dead with a plastic bag over her head at the Brandon Woods Nursing Home in Dartmouth, Mass., on Sept. 24.

Barrow’s son, Scott Barrow, declined to comment on the indictment. He has said Lundquist made threatening remarks to his mother about the number of visitors
his mother received and said she would outlive Barrow.

Nursing home officials have said the women refused chances to switch rooms and were friendly to each other.

Yes, friendly till that plastic bag came into play.
Another article I read about this described their relationship as a “sisterly rivalry.” Well, I have no sisters of my own, but I have observed sisters aplenty, and I’ve never known a “rivalry” to end quite this way, and certainly not at such an advanced age. “Sisterly rivalry” might well be the understatement of the month!

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