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Wife left suicide note for husband

PUBLISHED: 12:54 17 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

A WOMAN who shot herself may have kept the extent of her depression hidden from family and friends, an inquest heard.

Madeline Castro, 55, of Badwell Ash Hall, Badwell Ash, near Bury St Edmunds, was found dead in the bedroom of her home by her husband Roger on August 28 this year.

A WOMAN who shot herself may have kept the extent of her depression hidden from family and friends, an inquest heard.

Madeline Castro, 55, of Badwell Ash Hall, Badwell Ash, near Bury St Edmunds, was found dead in the bedroom of her home by her husband Roger on August 28 this year.

The inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard that Mrs Castro had experienced changes in her lifestyle as a result of the menopause and that she had undergone hormone replacement therapy (HRT) two years ago but had abandoned the treatment after three months as it had had little effect.

When she last visited a doctor in May this year, she refused to be prescribed anti-depressants but did agree to being prescribed more HRT tablets.

The inquest heard evidence from Mr Castro, who said his wife had grown increasingly pessimistic since her menopause began and could not see things improving. However, he said, he had no indication that she would consider taking her own life and he still found it difficult to understand why she had done it.

Mr Castro said that on the day his wife died, they had been preparing to go out when he had discovered her body in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest and a shotgun nearby. A note addressed to him had been left nearby.

He said that his wife may have been too proud to let her true feelings be known, even to him.

The inquest also heard evidence from Mr Castro's brother John, a book-keeping client of Mrs Castro, which suggested that she may have had financial worries due to a suggestion in the note that she had misappropriated funds.

However, a police investigation concluded that there was no suspicion of foul play and that there was no financial wrongdoing on Mrs Castro's part. Mr Castro, who was the licensed owner of the gun, no longer owns it.

A post-mortem report gave the cause of Mrs Castro's death as a gunshot wound to the chest.

Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean recorded a verdict of suicide.


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