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Rowley Regis double death inquest told of husband's tragic final message
11:54am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A HUSBAND found dead at his Rowley Regis home left a tragic final message claiming he had killed his wife.
At the opening of inquests into the deaths of Kenneth McRae and his wife Jayne, Black Country coroner Robin Balmain read evidence from a note found alongside the couple's bodies.
Police forced entry to their home in Bryan Budd Close on July 17 after they had not been seen for a week.
The note, which appeared to be written by Dr McRae, who worked as a laboratory technician, said he had killed his wife before taking his own life.
The hearing was also told Mrs McRae, aged 55, had to be identified by DNA testing because she had died from a severe head injury some time before her 52-year-old husband and her remains were decomposed beyond visual recognition.
The cause of Dr McRae's death is yet to be confirmed and both inquests were adjourned for further inquiries.
The inquests had been delayed due to toxicology reports on the body of Dr McRae, who Mr Balmain said was not a medical doctor.
Police launched a murder investigation when the gruesome discovery came to light after a work colleague of Dr McRae raised the alarm.
Neighbours were shocked at news of the deaths of the quiet couple, although one had thought it strange that the lights were blazing away day and night for about a week in the first floor front room.
Dr McRae’s van had also not moved, indicating he had not gone to work and his wife had not watered the flowers in the front garden as she usually did.
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