Michael Bitterman killed his spouse, and detectives may by no means know why.
In November, six months after Barbara and Michael Bitterman have been discovered lifeless of their residence within the Collier’s Reserve group in North Naples, Collier County Sheriff’s Workplace detectives closed the homicide-suicide investigation with out discovering proof of a motive for the killings.
Michael Bitterman shot his spouse earlier than capturing himself, in accordance with stories.
A Collier’s Reserve upkeep employee discovered the our bodies Might 31 when he went to their residence to retrieve the mail and examine on the home. The couple have been purported to have left on a visit the day earlier than they have been discovered.
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Sheriff’s Office reports detail a number of possible factors. Family members and friends told detectives the Bittermans were having marital problems and that Barbara Bitterman was considering a divorce. A detective wrote in a report that one family member said the woman “began to fear” her husband.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, everything friends and relatives said about the marital problems is hearsay, but investigators heard from enough people to believe the problems were a possible reason for the killings.
Investigators said they interviewed Michael Bitterman’s children, and they said they weren’t aware of any problems. Barbara Bitterman didn’t have children.
Some relatives and friends of the Bittermans could not be reached to comment.
Clayton Jeffery-Nugent, Barbara Bitterman’s brother-in-law, sent an email statement:
“Let’s put it like this, Michael Bitterman killed Barbara — that is the fact, that is the statement. He took the life of a wonderful, caring person. He took away a 93 year old (sic) Mother’s precious daughter and left her broken. There will be no more flowers from her daughter to brighten her room and no more visits.”
According to reports, a friend of the couple told detectives Michael Bitterman planned a monthlong European cruise with his wife “to repair their marriage.”
The same friend told investigators that Michael Bitterman had been diagnosed with a heart condition, the reports state. He told the friend he was planning to have surgery when the couple returned from the cruise. A voicemail message left for the friend was not returned.
Investigators said they don’t know how Michael Bitterman went from planning a future to killing his wife. Nothing in the reports indicates the murder-suicide was planned.
Barbara Bitterman’s slaying devastated family and friends in Collier County and in Lake Placid, New York, where she grew up. They wonder how the man who was supposed to protect and love her could take her life.
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