Police were called three times since 2012 to the home of a 100-year-old man who killed his 88-year-old wife and then killed himself, the police chief said.
Michael and Rosalia Juskin had a “history of domestic issues,” Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a tweet on Monday evening. Michael’s family said he suffered from dementia.
Molinelli announced Tuesday that autopsies determined Juskin killed his wife with an ax while she lay in bed. Authorities say he then took his own life by cutting his wrists.
Police have not determined a motive for the murder-suicide.
In March 2012, police responded to the home after a 911 call, Chief Michael Foligno said. They found Michael to be unstable and transported him to Bergen Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
A year and a half later, Rosalia called police on Sept. 18, 2013 and claimed her husband was harassing her. He did not harm her, Foligno said, and the incident did not lead to an arrest or restraining order.
Less than four months ago, she called police on Jan. 13, saying Michael had locked her in the basement in his confusion. Officers didn’t feel he had done it purposely, the chief said. She told them she was having difficulty caring for his needs and police contacted the county’s adult protective services.
Foligno said there were no “red flags” that would have led police to believe there was going to be violence.