PALMER — In what was meant to be his suicide note to his estranged wife, retired Springfield police officer George W. Stuart claimed he destroyed nearly $2 million in cash, stocks, bonds and other property and used shredded cash to start the fire that severely damaged their Ludlow home. Documents filed in Palmer District Court show how the 71-year-old Stuart methodically planned for the end of his life in the weeks leading up to the hours-long standoff that ended when he shot a bullet into his stomach. He planned to burn his home at 795 Center St. in Ludlow and to destroy assets ranging from jewelry to cash, and, as an added spite toward his estranged wife Rena, to be buried on her 70th birthday.
“Don’t bother to come to my funeral, I wouldn’t want to have you leave your precious television … Don’t bother coming, you might miss the Saturday morning cartoons,” reads Stuart’s “Last Statement.” It ends with “Well, goodbye and go to Hell.” A friend of Stuart’s tipped police off about Stuart’s intention to harm himself. Springfield Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet, Springfield Officer Richard Rodrigues, state police negotiator Lt. James Penniman and Ludlow Police Chief James J. McGowan negotiated with Stuart for approximately seven hours in an effort to diffuse the standoff. After a brief struggle, Stuart fell to the ground with the weapon still in his hand, then placed the gun to his midsection and fired, Fitchet wrote. All actions by all parties involved were centered solely on the effort to preserve the life of George Stuart,” Fitchet wrote. McGowan praised Fitchet for his actions, saying those actions saved Stuart’s life.
Jesus Fucking Christ. Will you let this guy just kill himself in peace already? Seriously don’t the cops have better things to be doing than saving this guy from himself? Hasn’t he suffered enough? I mean the bro just burned down his own house and set 2 million dollars on fire just to prove how much he hates his ex wife. Let him die with some dignity. Like great job saving him. Now what? Now he’s sitting in the hospital with a gunshot wound in his stomach and I’m sure his ex wife is probably sitting in the visitor’s chair just laughing and laughing and laughing. You tell me who won. If he wants to kill himself to spite his ex I say god bless him. If you’re going to go down go down swinging. That’s his right.