An 81-year-old man in Japan has confessed to killing his wheelchair-bound wife by pushing her into the sea.
Fujiwara told investigators that he had grown tired of taking care of his 79-year-old wife, Teruko, who lost the ability to move her legs over four decades ago.
Authorities believe Fujiwara brought Teruko to Oiso port by car on Nov. 2 under the pretense of taking her out for a walk. Fujiwara reportedly pushed her into the sea at around 5:30 p.m.
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Teruko’s body was later discovered floating in the water by a fisherman, who reported it to a local government official.
According to The Asahi Shimbun, the couple’s eldest son reached out to local authorities at around 7 p.m. to tell them: “My father said he pushed my mother [into the sea].”
One of the couple’s neighbors residing in the same apartment complex expressed shock over the incident.
“He is friendly and often gave a ride to his wife, who I understand was bed-ridden,” she was quoted saying. “He was devoted to his wife, and there was nothing to suggest [he could kill her], but I guess he was struggling inside.”
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