Chris Christie Team Member Dead in Murder-Suicide
Joan Bramhall may have been suffering from dementia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2014 12:45 PM CDT
In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 photo, police tape lines the scene at a home in Denville, NJ, where authorities were investigating the deaths of John Bramhall and Joan Bramhall.   (Bob Karp)

(Newser) – A member of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's transition team and her husband were under "enormous stress" in the weeks before he fatally shot her and then killed himself, their daughter said. Lorraine "Lori" Bramhall told the Daily Record that John Bramhall believed his wife of 54 years, Joan, was suffering from dementia. Lori Bramhall disagreed with the assessment, saying her mother could be "forgetful" but there were no apparent changes in her personality. But longtime friend Keith Pierson told the newspaper that Joan Bramhall did appear to have some mental issues.

He said she recently asked him whether President Richard Nixon, who died in 1994, was still alive, and he sometimes noticed she had a "vacant" demeanor. Authorities have not said what might have prompted the murder-suicide in the couple's Denville home. A medical examiner ruled Joan Bramhall's death a homicide, while John Bramhall's death was ruled a suicide. A family member found the bodies Thursday morning and called police. Joan Bramhall was a former Morris County clerk who was well-known in Republican political circles. She retired in December. In a statement, Christie hailed Bramhall as an "outstanding public servant but an even better person" who would be sorely missed by family and friends. Click for more.

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Aug 12, 2014 2:16 AM CDT
Sad . he could have just put the woman in a facility .
Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 11, 2014 9:08 PM CDT
Lets put aside the Clinton family. Instead, lets delve deep into the Kennedy Klan and see how these things happened around people who were involved in their lives. Since most of you know the people who have died because of their association to their family, I'll not go on. But you know the connections are there and usually tied to iniquities of the ages going back to the O'Kennedy (Cinnéide) family of Ireland. In that family, which was corrupt royalty, there was back stabbing, betrayal, deceit, murder, all traced to making deals with the Normans to keep their family from being decimated. In other words, both of their known clans who lived in Ireland and Scotland aided the Normans invasion of Hibernia. When the Normans took over, the O'Cinnéide Klan was awarded with royalty status that has never ceased to exist to today. But look at the huge costs all that extreme, wicked, affluence has brought them.
No-Left-Turn
Aug 10, 2014 12:13 PM CDT
This week I made an annual trek to a hospital for a few tests. I find hospitals depressing. Anyway, a lady was helping a man - probably her husband - shuffle through the halls and onto an elevator. From her conversation with him (or rather, to him as there were no replies) it was obvious he had advanced dementia or Alzheimer's. Bramhall likely loved his wife very much (54 years of marriage) and just could not bear to go down that road with her or without her.