Wife, 77, Accused of Murdering Husband, Made Victim's Meals for Days While Corpse Remainedby Erin 04/10/2012 11:09:00 0 comments 2241 Views
A New Jersey woman charged with the fatal shooting of her husband continued cooking him meals for two days after his death in a tragic case tied to her dementia, her family said.
Fredericka Rosa, 77, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the death of her husband, Valpa Rosa Sr., the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.
Authorities allege she used a .357 Magnum revolver to shoot her 79-year-old husband in their Pemberton Township home on July 19, according to the South Jersey Times. Investigators reportedly found gunshot wounds to Valpa Rosa’s head and neck.
Their children told NBC 10 Philadelphia they know why it happened: Fredericka Rosa suffered abuse from her husband during their 54-year marriage.
“He drove her insane,” daughter Rosetta Rosa told NBC 10. “He drove her to the point where she picked up the gun and shot him.”
“I understand why my mama did it,” Valpa Rosa Jr. added.
The children also said she suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
For 48 hours after the elder Rosa died, his wife continued making him food and then called other family members to ask why he hadn’t returned home for dinner, the Burlington County Times reported Wednesday.
The retired postal worker’s corpse remained in the home until the children called police on July 21, authorities said.
Rosa remains free on $150,000 bail and is awaiting an arraignment date.