CRAWFORD COUNTY, Wis. (KWWL) - Deputies are confirming a murder-suicide between a husband and a wife in rural Clayton Township, Wis., and say it's possible the motive was bad news regarding the wife's health.
Robert J. Reagan, 70, is alleged to have entered the bedroom of Karen M. Reagan, 68, on Monday when she was in bed and killed her with a single gunshot to her head, the Crawford County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick says they don't know if Karen Reagan was asleep or not at the time of her murder.
Robert Reagan is then alleged to have walked out to his driveway and killed himself with a single self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Deputies believe Reagan used the same .357 caliber revolver for both crimes but haven't completed ballistics testing, said McCullick.
McCullick said one possible motive for the crime was "some troubling news" regarding Karen Reagan's health.
McCullick said friends and family of the couple say the Reagans just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and said the couple had a "loving" and "good" relationship.
Karen Reagan, 68, of Soldiers Grove, Wis. passed away on Monday March 10, 2014 at her home.
She was born in Milwaukee on Jan 6. 1946 to Earl and Lorraine (Becker) Meyer. She married Robert Reagan on July 7, 1963 in Milwaukee. She worked at numerous restaurants over the years. Most recently she has been working at Kickapoo Corners in Readstown. She collected Chinese pottery and loved to play computer games. She also loved to knit and plant gardens.
She is survived by her son Robert (Heather) of Manitowoc, Wis.; 5 grandchildren: Alexander of Madison, Jennifer of Oregon, Eric of Manitowoc, Jared of Wisconsin Rapids, and Brandon of Wisconsin Rapids; 2 sisters: Betty Meyer of Germantown, Wis., and Lois (Mike) Seefeldt of Oconto, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Robert Reagan, 70, of Soldiers Grove, Wis. passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014 at his home.
He was born on July, 1943 in Milwaukee to Donald and Bernice (Fish) Reagan. He married Karen Meyer on July 7, 1963 in Milwaukee. He worked for auto body shops in Milwaukee and in the Soldiers Grove area for many years. Eventually he operated his own body shop. He collected taxidermy, and loved to ride Harley Davidson motorcyles.
He is survived by his son: Robert (Heather) Reagan of Manitowoc, Wis.; 5 grandchildren: Alexander of Madison, Jennifer of Oregon, Wis., Eric of Manitowoc, Jared of Wisconsin Rapids, and Brandon of Wisconsin Rapids; and his sister Mary (Paul) Libert of Muskego, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Ronald, and 1 sister Kathleen.
A man who told police that he shot and killed his brother Monday night on Madison's Near East Side was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide.
Bonnell Hanger, 39, of Madison doubled over, put his head in his hands and cried before telling police, "I shot my kid brother," according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.
Witnesses said Hanger and his brother, Fredrica Hanger, 33, who was released from prison just under a week before he died, argued about something before the shooting occurred, though the criminal complaint does not say what they argument was about.
Olympia Hanger, sister of Fredrica and Bonnell Hanger, who heard the argument and went out to see what was happening, told police she heard Bonnell say to his brother, "What are you going to do?" before hearing gunshots. She told police she also saw the flash from the gun as it went off.
She told police she went toward the car and asked Bonnell Hanger, "Did you just shoot my brother?" He responded, "Yeah, I shot him."
He died from gunshot wounds to the head.