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Couple in suspected murder-suicide had been served eviction

Police say that wife and husband had desperate economic problems

Couple in suspected murder-suicide had been served eviction

Milan, May 27 - A couple found dead Monday in a suspected murder-suicide near Milan were suffering from desperate economic conditions and had been recently served an eviction notice, police said. A worker contracted for repairs by the evicting landlord found the bodies when he entered through the unlocked front door with a sign written "the door is open". The 52-year-old man was found hanged and the woman, who had been strangled, was on the bed. Police said they found a note apparently written by the husband asking for the two to be cremated and for their dog to be taken care of. The couple did not have children and police said that the man had problems with alcohol, while the woman suffered from mental health issues. Recent studies have pointed to Italy's longest recession on record as driving a rising number of suicides in the country. A triple suicide in the Marche region in May was one of the most dramatic recent effects of the grim economic times.

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