Suicide Letters Prove An Elderly Couple Meticulously Planned Their Final Days
A ride-or-die elderly couple in Wales, U.K. is getting major attention for their unconventional way of going out.
According to NorthWalesLive, the couple made a suicide pact after learning the husband only had a short time to live.
In one of several jointly signed letters left for the police, friends and their solicitor, Howard and Jacqueline Titterton wrote, “Neither one of us wishes to live without the other.”
They wrote that they had “a great life,” and the two of them agreed upon what they should do without neither one putting pressure on the other.
Their deaths were meticulously planned. They left a key with their next door neighbors so the police could enter their home, and they also put labels on items with the names of people who were to receive them. The two were found dead in their home in November of last year.
Eighty-year-old Mr. Titterton was a retired research and development officer with glass manufacturers Pilkington. He had been diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer and was getting palliative care at home. His wife, a former nurse, looked after him.
Their next door neighbor Susan Thomas described the couple as “lovely people,” and she said the tragedy came as a shock, although she thought it was odd that Mrs. Titterton gave her a park-and-ride ticket the previous day, telling her that she wouldn’t need it.
On November 13, Susan’s husband, Andrew Thomas, found an envelope under his door containing £500 and a note explaining the elderly couple had killed themselves.
When cops were called and arrived on the scene, they found Mr. Titterton lying in an empty bathtub covered by a blanket and a dressing gown. His wife was found dead on the bed.
Home Office pathologist Dr. Brian Rodgers said Mrs. Titterton, 78, died of suffocation, while her husband’s death seemed to have the same cause.
The inquest heard both of them had died a short time apart. Mrs. Titterton had apparently put the dressing gown and blanket over her husband.
Anthony Jones, a close friend from their childhood, was among the people who received letters the day the bodies were found. He said the Tittertons, who didn’t have children, enjoyed traveling, especially cruises, and they shared the same hobbies of photography and music.