86-year-old Oregon man murders wife because she put the lid on the ketchup bottle too tight

Oregon Lawrence-Hubert-LoefflerTIL: You are never too old to murder your wife. Screwing the lid on a ketchup bottle too tight could be life threatening. And saying “Happy Birthday” to someone, no matter what age, is important.

This I learned from 86-year-old La Pine area man Lawrence Loeffler. Loeffler is currently on trial in Deschutes County for the murder of is wife, 83-year-old Betty Loeffler. Lawrence Loeffler admitted to planning out the murder of his wife. In addition, Loeffler voiced complaints regarding his wife and family while being questioned by detectives during the murder investigation that may shed some light on why her murdered his wife.

“Why did you kill your wife Mr. Loeffler?” Detective asked Loeffler.

“She always put the damn lid on too tight on the ketchup bottle!” Loeffler responded.


“And her damn daughter (stepdaughter) never wished me a happy birthday.” He said.

“I see.” Detective responded.

According to authorities in the case, Loeffler methodically planned out the murder of is wife. On the night of the murder, while his wife slept, Loeffler disconnected their phone, armed himself with a .25 caliber gun. He then woke up his wife and managed to lure her outside onto their deck. It was on the deck that he shot her once in the neck and once in the head. The elderly man then reconnected the phone and called 911. He told the 911 dispatcher that his wife was threatening him so he shot her in self-defense. “I had to kill her before she killed me.” He said. It was later, during questioning, that Loeffler changed his story and admitted to the slaying.

Loeffler is currently on trial for murder. Loeffler’s defense attorney is arguing that although his client admitted to planning out the murder of his wife he is not guilty of murder based on the fact that he was suffering from delusions at the time of the murder. Which I assume, is legal jargon for “my client is just ‘old’, he is almost ninety, for christ sakes, and needs an oxygen concentrator to breath, he may have been a little angry because he never could get the ketchup lid off because his damn wife kept on putting on too tight, he is old, cut him a break.” We will find out soon. Trial in progress…

For more trial details: Huff Post and Bend Bulletin

*portions of dialogue may be dramatized and exaggerated for effect, but based on true events