Elderly Couple Died By Suicide So That They Didn't Have To Live Without Each Other

Elderly Couple Died By Suicide So That They Didn't Have To Live Without Each Other

Howard Titterton, an 80-year-old man had been terminally ill and hardly had any time left. His 78-year-old wife, Jacqueline didn't want to live without him.

An elderly couple was found dead in Wales after they reportedly decided to take their own lives.  Residing in the fairly populated county of Ruthin, Denbighshire, the deceased Howard Titterton, an 80-year-old man had been terminally ill for quite some time and hardly had any time left. His 78-year-old wife, Jacqueline had no intention to live on without him. In one of the several jointly signed letters addressing the police, their friends and their lawyer, the couple wrote, "Neither one of us wishes to live without the other." 



According to North Wales Live, the couple mutually decided to end their existence after spending "a great life" together. They also declared that there was no pressure from either end to come to this conclusion. The Tibbertons meticulously planned this double suicide and no one suspected a thing. Before going through with this plan the couple left a key with their next-door neighbors so that the police officials could enter their property and label the items with names of people the Tibbertons had left for.  



After a thorough investigation, the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Titterton were pronounced suicides by David Pojur, the assistant coroner for North Wales East and Central. The details unraveled themselves and turned out to be a double tragedy after the couple's bodies were discovered in their home in Bishop’s Walk in St Asaph on November 13 last year. Howard was a retired research and development officer working with the glass manufacturer Pilkington.



Following his diagnosis of terminal bowel cancer, he had to receive palliative care at home. His wife, Jacqueline, a former nurse provided the necessary care he required and was there for him every step of the way. Neighbor, Andrew Thomas revealed in a statement that Howard's health had visibly deteriorated over time, but also noted that he did appear "ok" just a few days before his death. 



Describing the elderly couple as "lovely people", Andrew's wife Susan expressed how shocked she was when she first heard about this tragedy. Although Susan claimed to have not suspected a thing before the Tittertons took their own lives, she also mentioned something which was rather strange. A day before the incident when Jacqueline gave her a park-and-ride and told her that she would not be using it anymore Susan didn't think much of it. It was only after the incident that Susan was able to connect the dots. 



It was November 13 when Andrew found an envelope that had made its way into his mail slot. On opening it he discovered some money with amounted to £500 along with a note asking him to call the authorities as they had killed themselves. "I wondered if I was reading what I was," he told the news outlet. Soon Susan called 999 and informed the officers who arrived as soon as they could.



On entering the premises, the police found Howard covered in a blanket and gown while his body lay in a bathtub. His wife was reportedly found lying on the bed. Later,  Dr. Brian Rodgers, the home office pathologist revealed the cause of death. He said Jacqueline had died of suffocation and her husband too died of the same. Both had died a short time apart revealed the findings of the investigation. According to this inquest, Mrs. Titterton had put the blanket and dressing gown over her husband. 



Anthony Jones was among several people who received letters on the day their bodies were discovered. He was a close friend of the couple who had known them since childhood and had spent countless holidays together. Apart from disclosing the details of his intimate relationship with the couple he also mentioned that the couple enjoyed traveling together and especially loved going on cruises. While the Tittertons had no children of their own they did have similar hobbies and the love for photography and music brought the two together. 


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