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  1. #1
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    Apr 2005

    UK - Suicide pact before husband is charged with rape

    A husband committed suicide with his wife after a BBC Crimewatch appeal linked him to two unsolved rapes and a robbery dating back 20 years, an inquest has heard.
    Christopher and Christine Downes were found dead in their fume-filled car with a hosepipe attached to the exhaust last October.


    Learning what had happened in the past, his wife was clearly in denial as to who the person was that she married.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Chicago burbs
    Gives a whole new meaning to "stand by your man". Especially in light of all the evidence and repetition.

    thankfully it was only the two, as we so often read suicidal tendancies taking others along with them.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Clearly it's good this man is off the planet:

    Days earlier, detectives had taken a DNA sample from Downes, 54, after his name was given to them by a Crimewatch viewer.
    The sample was later found to match DNA from the scene of a knifepoint robbery at the home of a pregnant woman in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in November 1984.
    Forensic evidence linked that crime to rapes at two hospitals in the area over the following two months.


    A great shame his wife couldn't contemplate life without him. her marriage sounded horrendous according to this link.

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