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Detectives look to talk to wife

Posted: August 19, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Homicide detectives trying to close the book on a double murder-suicide two weeks ago in Valencia have answered many lingering questions, but they still want to talk to the woman who found her parents and husband dead Aug. 5, a detective said Thursday.

Susan Strassner, whose 64-year-old husband shot and killed her parents, then himself, inside a car parked in the driveway of their home, has not yet talked to detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, an investigator said Thursday.

“She’s not a suspect. We just want to talk to her,” said Lt. John Corina. “There’s nothing to make us think this wasn’t the action of one individual.”

Two weeks ago today, Strassner’s husband, Martin Strassner, shot his mother-in-law, Jean Moss, 90, as she sat in the front seat of the Strassners’ car. Then he shot her husband, Leo, age 95, as he sat in the backseat.

Martin Strassner then shot himself in the head with a handgun that investigators found in his lap.

There were no signs of struggle inside the car, Corina said.

Leo and Jean Moss lived in an upscale West Hollywood hotel that offers rest-home care for seniors.

On Aug. 5, Strassner drove to the hotel, picked up the Mosses at the rest home and returned to the Santa Clarita Valley with them.

When he pulled into the driveway of his home on Bay View Court in Bridgeport, he got out of the car, got back in, shot his in-laws in the head and then shot himself in the head, investigators said.

Detectives gained some insight from a suicide note Strassner left, but still want to know why he did what he did.

Strassner, a retired orthodontist and dentist who once had an office on Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country, suffered from depression, Corina said Thursday, echoing what he told reporters the day of the shooting.

“There was nothing to show he was abusing drugs, and nothing to show he was financially burdened,” Corina said.


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