Alzheimer’s May Have Played A Part In Murder-Suicide

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - Authorities say a Sunset Hills woman, who may have had Alzheimer’s disease, shot her boyfriend and herself Sunday.  Monique Martin, 73, and Wayne Bales, 72, were found dead in their home.

The couple was supposed to take a trip to the Caribbean Sunday.

Dr. Franco Sicuro is a psychiatrist who has done extensive research on Alzheimer’s disease. “It can cause violent behavior because it impacts the frontal lobe,” he explained. “That area controls our decision making.”

Authorities said there was not a suicide note and they are still trying to determine the motive.

“There really is no way to tell if the disease was behind it,” Dr. Sicuro said.

Dr. Sicuro said the key to preventing someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease from becoming violent is to seek professional help, “Many times the family members don't want to accept it and do not tell anyone about what is going on."

More than 110,000 Missourians have Alzheimer’s disease.

Martin and Bales had been together for about 30 years.

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