Garden City Man Accused Of Strangling 88-Year-Old Mother

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police say a Garden City man who was stealing money from his 88-year-old mother strangled her to death in their home before attempting suicide and calling 911 several hours later.

Authorities say James Olsen, 56, was hospitalized with slash wounds to his wrist. He was facing arraignment on murder charges in the death of his mother, Ruth Olsen.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports: Police Said Clothing Was Used To Strangle Ruth Olsen

Homicide detectives say they believe Olsen strangled his mother in their College Place home early Thursday, then waited until after 8 p.m. to call police. An article of clothing was apparently used to strangle her.

Detectives say it did not appear the mother was aware of the alleged theft. Police are not sure how much money was taken.

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  • Super Guy

    The man was taking care of his mother, changing her dirty diapers, washing her private parts, and doing everything you would for a newborn. Only unlike caring for a baby that will one day grow into something, this was a spiral that would only lead to her eventual death. Then where would he be, homeless and without a job, car or anything to keep him going.

  • Abort It.

    59 years old and still living with mommy. Than it did a shallow slash to its wrists and made sure the cops will arrive in plenty of time to “save” it from its “suicide attempt”.

    • Rod in

      I live with my mother. But that’s because my mother doesn’t like it when I go out with any boys.

  • Perry White

    I’m firing young Olsen first thing Monday!

  • nyc

    Maybe it was self defense ? Some tough old people out there !

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