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Elderly homicide victim identified

Anne Weiss' body was found in her West Los Angeles home; her husband is held on suspicion of murder.

November 14, 2011|By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
  • Anne and Milton Weiss' apartment in West Los Angeles is shown. The couple lived in the cooperative for about two decades.
Anne and Milton Weiss' apartment in West Los Angeles is shown. The… (KTLA News )

An elderly woman who was bludgeoned to death was remembered by neighbors as a kind and caring woman who tended to her husband as her own health declined.

Authorities on Sunday identified the 80-year-old woman found Saturday at her apartment as Anne Weiss. Her husband, Milton Weiss, 96, is jailed on suspicion of murder with his bail set at $1 million.

The couple, who had lived in the West Los Angeles cooperative for about two decades, used to sit by the pool in the afternoon, sipping cocktails with friends. Anne Weiss, with her strawberry blond hair, was described as elegant and graceful, even as she grew older.

"If a woman can be a mensch, she would be a mensch," said Sharon Queen-Ford, 72, Weiss' neighbor, using the Yiddish word for a person of integrity.

Both Weisses had been in declining health. Anne Weiss was losing her balance and falling, Queen-Ford said. And she had told Queen-Ford that in recent weeks, her husband's personality was changing and he was becoming angry.

"I had the feeling she cared a lot for him," Queen-Ford said. "If he killed her, I think it was a truly insane thing to do, because he really loved her."

rick.rojas@latimes.com

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