A 93-year-old south Kansas City man stabbed his ailing wife to death Wednesday, then slit his wrists and plunged a knife into his chest in a failed suicide attempt, according to court records.
The fact that he survived surprised him, according to the records.
A paramedic treating Harry D. Irwin after the incident asked if he killed his wife, Grace P. Irwin, who celebrated her 95th birthday earlier this month.
“Yes, I killed her,” Harry Irwin said, according to court records. “And then killed myself. Why am I still awake?”
Harry Irwin told a shift nurse later that he tried to stab himself in the heart but that he must have aimed too low and hit a rib. He reportedly said he killed his wife because she was “arguing and screaming at him all night and he couldn’t take it anymore,” court records said.
He told the nurse he couldn’t remember what he hit his wife with, but he knew he “did her in,” court records said.
The Irwins marked their 70th wedding anniversary in December, having wed in Kansas City in 1942, six months after Harry enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in World War II.
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