British Couple Whose French B&B Dream Ended in Tragedy When Husband ‘Strangled His Wife in Murder-Suicide’ After They Ran Out of Money
The mind boggles – you run out of funds, so you off your spouse and yourself??? What???
Better to be single than married to a guy who thinks it’s acceptable to strangle you to death when your finances go down the drain.
(Link): British Couple Whose French B&B Dream Ended in Tragedy When Husband ‘Strangled His Wife in Murder-Suicide’ After They Ran Out of Money
by Nick Fagge
April 26, 2022
These are the first pictures of a British couple whose dream of opening a bed and breakfast in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains ended in tragedy when they ran out of money.
French investigators believe John Boyes, 64, strangled his wife Kathryn, 65, to death before hanging himself at their picturesque countryside home near Toulouse in the south of France which they had planned to open as a bed and breakfast.
The couple were found dead inside the property in Boudrac, a village with a population of around 130 people, on Sunday after concerned friends who had not heard from them in several days went to investigate.
It has now been revealed that the couple bought the former holiday home for around £200,000 last summer from a Dutch couple with the aim of transforming it into a bed and breakfast.
They spent many months and the rest of their savings converting the French family home and the out-house into guest accommodation, but the project fell short due to financial problems.
… But the strain of the failed business caused John to turn violent towards Kathryn before taking his own life, French investigators believe.
Local prosecutor Christophe Amunzateguy confirmed: ‘This appears to be a case of murder suicide.
‘The wife has been dead for some days and had a rope around her neck. Wounds were also found on her body – there were signs of strangulation and blows.’
When gendarmes arrived later they found John dead in an outhouse.
‘He was found hanged, and had left a note’ said Mr Amunzateguy, the public prosecutor in Saint-Gaudens,
He added: ‘The couple had a project to open a guesthouse but it was ended because of financial difficulties. There was no evidence of a third party being involved.’
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