Haifa Senior Citizen Suspected of Murdering His 74-year-old Wife

Michael Gerber, 77, allegedly fought with his wife, killed her and called police to say 'I murdered my wife. She made my life miserable.'

A 77-year-old Haifa man was arrested on Thursday after confessing to police that he fatally stabbed his wife overnight in their home.

Emergency services remove a body from a Haifa building on August 26, 2010. Hagai Fried
Hagai Fried

Michael Gerber re-enacted for police the alleged killing of his wife, Paulina Lutsky, 74, and expressed sorrow over the incident, but said he did not regret it.

Gerber told police that he allegedly decided to murder his wife after years of living in an unhappy marriage. The couple fought frequently, he said, adding that they had fought about television before he killed her.

Gerber called police four hours after his wife's death and said, "I murdered my wife. She made my life miserable."

Magen David Adom paramedic Doron Eshel said the emergency medical service got a call from police, and found the victim in a poll of blood and with multiple stab wounds on her upper body.

Eshel said that Gerber had been waiting for them to arrive at the entrance to the couple's home and then told paramedics where to find his wife's body. They attempted to resuscitate the victim to no avail.

Police said the pair is from the former Soviet Union. They immigrated to Israel eight years ago.

Police also said there were no reports of previous domestic disturbances from the couple's home.

Gerber is due in a Haifa court on Friday for a remand-extension hearing.