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[Updated] Stamford Murder-Suicide Reported on Long Ridge Road

Police believe 57-year-old Stamford woman shot her 85-year-old mother, then herself.

UPDATED 5/13/12

Police released a statement over the weekend stating the electricity had been shut off for approximately a year prior to the shooting, and confirmed that Florence Beran had been suffering from Alzheimers. Susan had been caring for her mother before facing financial difficulties that lead to the house being put up for tax sale.

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A 57-year-old Stamford woman shot her mother in the back with a double-barreled shotgun and then turned the gun on herself, police said Friday evening.

Florence Beran, 85, was confirmed by Capt. Richard Conklin as being the owner of 1412 Long Ridge Road and victim of what police are calling a murder-suicide.

Beran's daughter, Susan, is believed to have committed the act because the house was in the middle of a tax sale, the family more than $50,000 behind on their taxes. Conklin confirmed the family had recently had the electricity turned off.

The scene was discovered around 1 p.m. Friday when a uniformed officer was responding to a call from a concerned neighbor who had lent the family money previously and knew they were in a difficult financial situation.

The neighbor had not seen either of the pair in a couple days and became worried. An officer took a ladder to investigate the second floor after knocks at the door went unanswered. It was then that he discovered the scene through a window.

The family had four dogs that were relegated to the Stamford Animal Control Office. Additionally, authorities also found dozens of handguns, shotguns and rifles at the home, Conklin said.

The owner of the weapons, Jospeh Beran, Florence's husband, had died 6 years earlier.

"To discover something like this, it's just so unnecessary," Conklin said. "Especially two days before Mother's Day. We live in a blessed country. There are all types of social services to reach out to, don't let yoruself become isolated. It's tragic."

stella bella May 12, 2012 at 01:26 PM
King George lives, and if you don't pay your taxes he comes and destroys lives. Disgusting--- For someone to have chosen this path, they saw no way out. Very tragic.
Elyse May 14, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Alzheimer's/dementia is an insidious and destructive disease. There are social services resources, but only to a degree. This disease can require 24/7 care. The family caregiver usually can't work (and often gives up a job) because to hire a caregiver for 24/7 is prohibitively expensive, oft times more than a person makes on their gross salary. If you can afford long-term care insurance (very expensive) or a nursing home (ditto), then you're in luck, but many people can't, and they find themselves in a downward spiral. Caregiving can result in a lack of sleep, depression and then when the money runs out... sometimes the person in charge sees no logical way out :( I would love to see the city/state respond to: if the house had been sold to pay bills, where would Mrs. Beran and her daughter have ended up afterwards?? What options would there have been with limited or no money?
Anne-marie May 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM
"Disgusting" is the word! I live up the street and every time I drove by the house there were never any lights on. Assumed the house was abandoned. Now we find out the electric company shut off power for a year! They ought to be ashamed of themselves. To imagine how this poor woman and her mother lived. Then to have their house auctioned off. Of course she saw no way out. Horrible HORRIBLE tragedy!
Anne-marie May 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Elyse, I totally agree
Mark Hallen May 15, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Couldn't they have sold a few of the guns to make at least a couple of payments on the house?
Anne-marie May 15, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Who knows if it would have made a deference. So sad
Susan Orl May 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
In today's day and age. I can't believe that once the power is shut off - that the electric company should send something to the mayor's office for investigation to see why the power is being turned off and offer some kind of assistance! Shame on you! I live down the street from this house. It definitely looked abandoned. People on Long Ridge Road would have contributed to pay the utility bills for this family. Or I would have paid it myself. Having a parent with Alzheimers!. I can't imagine what they went through during that horrible storm we had in October. Both women must have been horrified, even the mother with dementia! No matter what shape the women were in. This should not have happened.
Anne-marie May 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I see your post is back.... Susan Orl, You and I are on the same page. This is very disturbing. And you're right, I agree, they SHOULD investigate once the power is shut off and WHY they were unable to keep up. I know I would have helped had I known. This is literally in my back yard. So sad to not know what's going on. This could have been prevented. I love your idea.

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