Bill Manson, accused Pasadena strangler

This strange tale of domestic disharmony comes from the Pasadena Star-News:

PASADENA – Pasadena police say a woman in her 70s was strangled in her home and her ex-husband has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

William Manson, 78, was listed in serious condition Thursday morning at an area hospital after injecting himself with an “unknown liquid” after allegedly choking his 74-year-old ex-wife, authorities said. He will be jailed after he is released from the hospital.

Lt. Randell Taylor said police received 9-1-1 calls about 10 p.m. Wednesday night and arrived at the home in eastern Pasadena to find Manson. Taylor said Manson “indicated that he had just killed his ex-wife.”

Taylor said investigators believe the man used his bare hands to kill the woman.

Police say Manson entered the home of the ex-wife and the couple’s 40-year-old daughter in the 100 block of South Virginia Avenue after becoming angry over the way the victim was treating the daughter.

The daughter called 9-1-1.

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  • Mary Kathy Kurutz

    This story is very hard for me to understand. Dr. Manson delivered my babies. He was then and I assume now still a very spiritual, passionate man. He embraced delivering new life into the world with great joy.
    My children are only slightly younger than his and I met them and his wife at that time. They were all delightful people.
    It’s hard to imagine the terrible downward spiral he must have fallen in. Though my sympathies go to the loss of Eleanor I feel like we lost Dr. Manson too. A great sadness.
    Thank you,
    (Mary) Kathy Kurutz