85-year-old man killed wife over pancakes claimed D.C. police

According to a police affidavit, an 85-year-old man accused of killing his 81-year-old wife in their D.C. home last weekend told a homicide detective that he killed her with a carving knife after an argument about whether he should have pancakes for breakfast.

The affidavit mentioned, that Steven Schwartz, who lived in the 1300 block of Corcoran Street NW with his wife, Sharon Schwartz, said in a police interview that he had lost weight in recent months due to physical and psychiatric disorders and that his wife thought it would be good for him to eat more.

Steven Schwartz “indicated that he lost 45-50lbs in the hospital and that his wife wanted him to get back to 180lbs,” according to the affidavit.

According to the report, Schwartz admitted to Clay that his wife “was a bit of a taskmaster, but she was doing it for his benefit.” Sharon Schwartz, as she puts it, “loved him so much that [she] wanted him to be well and that she wanted her partner and protector back.”

According to the affidavit, when his wife “asked him if he was going to have breakfast,” Schwartz said, “that he had a quarter of a Krispy Kreme [doughnut] the day before.” He “indicated that he would try to eat a pancake with not too much syrup, but then changed his mind, resulting in a dispute.

According to the statement, “the next thing [he] heard was a plate crashing against the wall,” following which “he reached and grabbed a carving knife from a holder.”

According to the affidavit, a neighbor heard a woman scream in the residence and called for aid. Sharon Schwartz’s body was discovered near the front door by police when they arrived. She’d been stabbed in the back, and an examination revealed that the blade had punctured her heart.

According to police, Steven Schwartz was clutching a knife and would not let go until he was struck with a Taser. He was carried to the hospital with a self-inflicted stab wound, according to authorities.

Schwartz, who admitted to having melancholy and paranoia, told Detective Clay that he “loved that woman for 40 years,” according to the affidavit. He appeared in Superior Court on Thursday, charged with second-degree murder, and was ordered held pending a preliminary hearing on Jan. 2.

According to the affidavit, Schwartz indicated in the police interview that he leaned down and kissed his wife as she lay on the floor, calling it “the most beautiful kiss.”

According to the affidavit, he informed medical personnel at the hospital, “She doesn’t deserve this.” I’ve earned it. She is not. I murdered her. Oh my God.”

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