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Elderly woman uses hammer to bash roommate’s head because she backed out of suicide pact

By Mason White 2:45 PM December 28, 2015
Fiona Gordon-Macleod 

By: Feng Qian
An elderly woman was arrested on charge of attempted murder after allegedly using a hammer to bash the head of her roommate because she backed out of a suicide pact at the last moment, police in Vermont said.

Putney police said that they have arrested 69-year-old Fiona Gordon-Macleod, after being accused of trying to kill her 76-year-old roommate, who was not identified, with a hammer.

Gordon-Macleod was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated domestic assault. She was booked into the Southern State Correctional Facility, and her bail was set at $50,000.

If convicted, Gordon-Macleod faces up to life in prison.

According to the police investigation, Gordon-Macleod and the victim agreed to kill themselves together as their health began to deteriorate.

Definite plans were never made, and Gordon-Macleod became annoyed with the victim after she said she did not want to kill herself.

Gordon-Macleod grabbed a hammer and repeatedly hit her roommate in the head and upper body in their home located at 167 Westminster Road.

Gordon-Macleod then called the police to report that she killed someone.