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New York couple, 84 and 70, are found dead in murder-suicide

Ill and pain-stricken New York couple, 84 and 70, are found dead in murder-suicide after husband ‘shot and killed his wife and called in fake burglary before turning the gun on himself’

  • New York State Police say James Claybrook, 84, shot and killed his wife, Marcia Currie, 70, while she was in bed in Mount Hope on Wednesday 
  • Husband then called police to falsely report a burglary at his home and fatally shot himself before officers responded to the scene 
  • Investigators said both Claybrook and Currie suffered from unspecified medical issues and appeared to be dealing with ‘substantial pain’ 

An elderly married couple were found dead in their western New York home as a result of an apparent murder-suicide, after officials say the husband killed his ailing wife and then himself.

According to the New York State Police, 84-year-old James Claybrook called 911 at 10.19am on Wednesday to falsely report a burglary in progress at his home in Mount Hope.

Officers who responded to the call entered the home in the 2100 block of Mount Hope Road and found Marcia Reitman Currie, 70, lying in bed dead from a gunshot wound. 

The New York State Police responded to a home in Mount Hope on Wednesday and found an elderly couple dead from an apparent murder-suicide 

James Claybrook, 84, allegedly shot his wife, Marcia Currie, 70, while she was in bed, and then called the police to falsely report a burglary in progress at their home

James Claybrook, 84, allegedly shot his wife, Marcia Currie, 70, while she was in bed, and then called the police to falsely report a burglary in progress at their home 

Officers who arrived at the scene found the husband and wife dead from gunshot wounds in a rear bedroom

Officers who arrived at the scene found the husband and wife dead from gunshot wounds in a rear bedroom 

On the floor of the same bedroom, just steps away from the wife, officers found her husband suffering from a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators said they found no evidence of a forced entry, or signs of a struggle inside.

According to the state police, both Claybrook and Currie suffered from unspecified medical issues and ‘appeared to be dealing with substantial pain.’

Investigators said both Claybrook and Currie suffered from unspecified medical issues and appeared to be dealing with 'substantial pain'

Investigators said both Claybrook and Currie suffered from unspecified medical issues and appeared to be dealing with ‘substantial pain’

Claybrook faked the home invasion to make sure police responded to their home quickly

Claybrook faked the home invasion to make sure police responded to their home quickly 

After gathering evidence, including documents found inside the home, and conducting multiple interviews, officials have concluded that the incident was consistent with a murder-suicide.

Investigators said that Claybrook shot his wife while she was in bed, then called in the bogus burglary to increase the chance of a rapid police response to his home so that the couple’s bodies would be discovered sooner.

A neighbor has told News 12 Westchester that Currie was home-bound, and she and her husband kept to themselves.    

An online obituary indicates that Claybrook lost his first wife to a terminal illness in 2011. 

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