Why doesn’t he just leave?

Another domestic homicide in the news this morning makes us wonder when the public will quit asking about the victim and begin asking about the perpetrator — “why doesn’t *he* just leave?”

Mo. man kills wife, then himself
ASSOCIATED PRESS
06/09/2009

SCOTT CITY, Mo. — Authorities in southeast Missouri say a man shot and killed his estranged wife, then drove away and fatally shot himself.

Perry County deputies were called to a home in Scott City Monday night by a girl who told them that her father had shot her mother. The victim, 36-year-old Stephanie Lynn Shuffit, died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Deputies found 53-year-old John Albert Shuffit’s body about 10 miles away, where he apparently shot himself with the same rifle that was used to kill his wife.

Sheriff Gary Schaaf says the couple was in the process of getting a divorce. Three children, ages 11 through 16, were at home at the time of the shooting, but Schaaf says they were not threatened or harmed.