McLEAN, Va. — A critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful science fiction writer who was apparently despondent over her husband's poor health, shot him in the head then turned the gun on herself after telling her attorney to call police.
The bodies of Alice Sheldon, 71, who wrote under the pen name James Tiptree Jr., and former CIA analyst Huntington Sheldon, 84, were found in their bedroom in this suburb of Washington early Tuesday, the victims of an apparent murder-suicide pact, Fairfax County police said.
Police spokeswoman Judy Dailey said Alice Sheldon telephoned her attorney before the shootings. The attorney then notified police, who found the couple's bodies, each bearing a single gunshot wound.
Huntington Sheldon, who retired from the CIA in the late 1960s, where he was an intelligence analyst, was bedridden and blind.