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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    OH - Ruth Case, 87, & Betty Lutkehaus, 67, murdered, Butler County, 2005

    A man who told police that he killed his wife and sister described the victims as ill and in pain and also said that he had financial difficulties trying to care for them.

    Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper says Richard Lutkehaus, 76, of Hamilton said his wife, Betty Jean, 67, was suffering from severe heart disease.

    He said his sister Ruth Case, 87, had Alzheimer's disease.

    Was it mercy killing, pre-meditated murder, or both? An elderly man sits in the Butler County Jail Monday night charged with two counts of aggravated murder. Richard Lutkehaus was arraigned in court Monday. The 76 year-old is accused of killing his 67 year-old wife who had heart problems, and his 87 year-old half-sister who suffered with alzheimers. Local 12 shows us why prosecutors plan to treat the case in Hamilton like any other murder, no matter the motivation.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

  2. #2
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    Oct 2014
    February 2006:


    A man who told police he killed his ill wife and sister to relieve their pain and his struggles paying their medical bills has died, authorities said. Richard Lutkehaus, 76, of Hamilton, had suffered what appeared to be a stroke while in the Butler County jail.

    Lutkehaus had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of aggravated murder in the Aug. 20 shooting deaths of his wife, Betty Jean Lutkehaus, 67, and his sister, Ruth Case, 87.

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