"I shot her," Ernest Chris Chumbley, 48, told a local television news program from jail in Laurel County, KY Wednesday. He was speaking about his wife, who had late-stage metastatic breast cancer. "She died from my shots, but it's not murder."
Chumbley admitted to killing his wife, but said he was just doing what she asked him to do. "She told me to end the pain, stop the pain," said Ernest Chumbley. From the Laurel county jail, Chumbley said through tears he killed his wife. "Did I want to do it? For her I did. No, I don't. I didn't want to do it," he said.
I'm no judge or jury, and I do not know what happened in this case. But I can absolutely understand a tragic death like this happening among people with limited options and knowledge about end-of-life care, and poor available medical resources to cope with late-stage pain in cancer. As horrible as it sounds, it is conceivable to me that it may not have been murder, but a consensually-agreed-upon escape from pain.
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.