Woman, 102, Is Murder Suspect

She told workers at care home that she killed neighbor
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2019 3:36 AM CDT
Woman, 102, Is Murder Suspect
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A 102-year-old woman in France could be one of the oldest murderers in history. Police say the woman, who is now being held in a psychiatric hospital, is suspected of killing her 92-year-old neighbor in a care home in Chézy-sur-Marne, the BBC reports. The victim was found dead in her room Saturday night. Prosecutor Frederic Trinh says the woman died "as a result of asphyxiation caused by strangulation and blows to the head," the AFP reports. He says the 102-year-old woman, who lived in the next room, "appeared in great agitation and told one of the medical staff that she had killed someone." Trinh says it has not been possible to interview the woman, but she will undergo a psychological examination to determine whether she can be held criminally responsible. (More France stories.)

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