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September 9, 1994 | Associated Press
Roswell Gilbert, whose 1985 "mercy killing" of his ailing wife thrust the issue of elderly euthanasia into the national debate, has died at his daughter's Baltimore home at the age of 85. Gilbert spent more than five years in prison for fatally shooting his wife, Emily, before he was granted clemency in 1990. He had been convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 25 years. He died in his sleep Saturday at the Baltimore home of Martha (Skipper) Moran, his only child.
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September 9, 1994 | Associated Press
Roswell Gilbert, whose 1985 "mercy killing" of his ailing wife thrust the issue of elderly euthanasia into the national debate, has died at his daughter's Baltimore home at the age of 85. Gilbert spent more than five years in prison for fatally shooting his wife, Emily, before he was granted clemency in 1990. He had been convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 25 years. He died in his sleep Saturday at the Baltimore home of Martha (Skipper) Moran, his only child.
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April 15, 1988
Florida Atty. Gen. Bob Butterworth moved to block the spending of any book or film proceeds by the attorney for killer Roswell Gilbert. In his request filed in Broward County Circuit Court, Butterworth cites a 1977 state law preventing felons from profiting from published accounts of their crimes. Gilbert was convicted in 1985 in the mercy killing of his ailing wife and is serving a life term. A TV movie has been made about the case.
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August 3, 1990 | From Associated Press
A frail, repentant Roswell Gilbert regained his freedom Thursday after spending more than five years in prison for the 1985 "mercy killing" of his ailing wife. Gilbert, 81, acknowledged publicly for the first time that he had been wrong to kill his wife of 51 years, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. "I shouldn't have killed my wife, now I know that," said Gilbert, whose case focused national attention on the killing of an ailing loved one.
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August 23, 1985 | United Press International
Gov. Bob Graham, calling for "an act of mercy," asked his Cabinet on Thursday to free 76-year-old Roswell Gilbert from prison while he appeals a 25-year sentence for killing his incurably ill wife. Three Cabinet members must support Graham's recommendation if Gilbert is to be freed while appealing his sentence for killing his 73-year-old wife in what he called "an act of love" to end her suffering from Alzheimer's disease and a bone ailment.
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January 12, 1987 | United Press International
Roswell Gilbert, convicted of killing his ailing wife of 51 years in what he called an act of love, said today he "almost came unglued" watching the television movie about the case but is convinced he saved her from suffering and would do it again. Gilbert, 77, sat tearfully with 25 fellow inmates at a central Florida prison and watched as actor Robert Young played him in NBC's "Mercy or Murder" Sunday night.
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August 2, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Roswell Gilbert, who became the nation's best-known "mercy killer" after shooting to death his ailing wife five years ago, was granted clemency Wednesday by Florida Gov. Bob Martinez and was scheduled to be released from prison today. Gilbert, a frail, white-haired man of 81, has served five years of a life sentence he received after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Emily, 73. He had come to symbolize the wrenching dilemma posed by euthanasia.
NEWS
September 2, 1988
A judge in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., denied a new trial for mercy killer Roswell Gilbert, who argued he was inadequately represented at his trial by a lawyer more interested in the media rights to his story than in his defense. Gilbert claimed his former lawyer, Joseph Varon, had a conflict of interest when he contracted with Gilbert to receive 90% of the profits from book, movie or television rights to Gilbert's story in lieu of a fee.
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January 12, 1987 | United Press International
Roswell Gilbert, convicted of killing his ailing wife of 51 years in what he called an act of love, said today he "almost came unglued" watching the television movie about the case but is convinced he saved her from suffering and would do it again. Gilbert, 77, sat tearfully with 25 fellow inmates at a central Florida prison and watched as actor Robert Young played him in NBC's "Mercy or Murder" Sunday night.
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October 6, 1985 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
They had been married 51 years when he killed her. She was lying on the couch, and he sneaked up behind her. He fired a shot into her temple. Then he felt her pulse. It throbbed. Oh, God, I loused it up, he thought. So he reloaded and fired again. But he was wrong. The pulse was reflex, and this will forever bother Roswell Gilbert. He is a man of science and he feels he should have known better. In these final years Emily had always slept on that same soft living room couch.
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