West - Local Radio Star and Wife found dead in Scottsdale Hotel with suicide note
Jan 5, 12, 8:03 am
Bill Heywood, for decades a popular Valley radio personality, and his wife were found shot to death in a hotel Wednesday afternoon, Scottsdale police confirmed. (http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2012/01/04/20120104bill-heywood-wife-found-dead-scottsdale-hotel.html)
People/couples considering murder/suicide clearly are not rational, but I feel for the hotel staff that are brought into these tragedies and must suffer the emotional shock due to what I expect is a feeling on the part of the couple to finalize such a heinous act away from their own home, family and friends.
Jan 5, 12, 9:06 am
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Well that's shocking and sad. I hope the maid is doing alright after stumbling in on the two of them.
Jan 6, 12, 11:21 am
People/couples considering murder/suicide clearly are not rational...
What an incredibly sad story. When a popular broadcaster dies it sends a weird personal shock through a community -- especially if he/she was on the radio, the most intimate of media. We had a similar loss in Seattle when the Mariners play-by-play guy, Dave Niehaus, died suddenly (of natural causes). Their voices become part of the soundtrack of your life.
Unfortunately, as the country slowly goes bankrupt and more and more older people find themselves at financial dead ends and without means, I expect terrible occurrences like the one in Arizona will become increasingly common.
Perhaps if people were allowed to commit suicide with assistance, however, we wouldn't have murder suicides. It sounds like the wife had some medical issues, don't know how serious, but she wanted to go out on her own terms and not terms dictated by the illness.