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Susan Beran and Florence Beran – when desperation leads a daughter to murder her mother then kill herself
Susan Beran was a 57 year old woman who had been taking care of her 85 year old mother Florence Beran who suffered from Alzheimer’s. This past Friday afternoon, May 11th 2012, police found the bodies of both women inside their 1412 Long Ridge Road Stamford Connecticut home. Police determined that Florence Beran had been shot and killed by her daughter Susan Beran who then turned the gun on herself and committed suicide. It appears that financial hardship may have driven Susan Beran to a point of desperation and despair that influenced her decision to terminate both her life and her mother’s life. According to nbcconnecticut.com:
The mother and daughter owed $50,000 in back taxes, and their house had recently been sold to pay off the tax debt…(source)
They had also apparently been living without utilities for more than a year. Most of us cannot imagine a day without utilities much less a year. Desperation of such severity is not always easy to understand until you have had to go through the same difficulty yourself. Susan Beran must have arrived at a point of utter and complete hopelessness over her mother’s condition, not being able to help her and having to watch her suffer degradations of poverty we can’t begin to imagine, and then to have their house sold out from under them. She probably came to the conclusion that the only merciful thing would be to end her mother’s life, and of course with the act of taking her mother’s life she has ended her own in more ways than one, so the only thing to do at that point was to end her own life as well. What were their lives worth to anybody anyway? Two lives terminated for the prize of $50,000. At least the IRS got their money and that’s the only thing that matters.