Man Allegedly Kills Wife, Himself in Pennsylvania Hospice Murder-Suicide

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
Murder-Suicide at Lehigh Valley hospice in Allentown, PA.Murder-Suicide at Lehigh Valley hospice in Allentown, PA.

A man shot his wife and himself in an Allentown, Penn., hospice Tuesday afternoon.

The couple’s son, Thomas Osman, said he believes his father, 86-year-old Elwood “Woody” Osman, could no longer stand to see his wife suffer.

Mildred Osman, 83, was blind, paralyzed and in terrible pain. She suffered from macular degeneration, spinal stenosis and complications due to a recent stroke. 

"This was a loving couple," Thomas said. "I am upset, of course, but all I have is love and respect for my father and my mother."

Thomas said his mother was originally given only a few weeks to live, but her condition eventually stabilized. On Monday, Elwood was upset to learn that Mildred would have to leave the hospice for a nursing home or another long-term care facility.

"I talked to him [Monday] night," Thomas said. "It was like they had been hit by a truck. He, unfortunately, only saw one solution left anymore. And we believe he got a handgun and did what he did."

No one witnessed the shooting, but many heard the shots. At 1:03 p.m. hospital staff on the fourth floor heard two gunshots ring out from a patient's room, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said at a news conference Tuesday.

Married for 64 years, Elwood and Mildred Osman lived in Lehigh Valley their whole lives. Their son said Elwood was a surpervisor at Purolator. In his retirement, he read books to elementary school students and took on small bookkeeping jobs. He said his mother was a great cook and she worked as a Sunbeam housewares demonstrator in department stores.

Sources: The Morning CallHuffington Post