The brother of a prominent psychotherapist is suing the estate of her late husband, another noted psychologist whofatally shot herbefore turning the gun on himself last summer insidetheir Hyde Park home, authorities said.
Because of his “extensive study in the fields of behavioral science and psychology,” Prof. Robert L. Moore knew that his own mental health conditions “caused him to be a danger to himself and others,” including his wife, Dr. Margaret L. Shanahan, her brother John Shanahan claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Authorities called to perform a well-being check the morning of June 18found the couple dead withgunshot wounds to the head in a murder-suicide at their home in the 1400 block of East 54th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Autopsies ruled Shanahan’s death a homicide, and Moore’s a suicide.
The couple were both highly regarded in the Jungian field of psychology in Chicago. Colleagues were shocked by their deaths.
The three-count negligence suit alleges that Moore suffered from depression and delusions “which rendered him unable to accurately perceive reality,” and that he should have known not to carry a gun. A representative for his estate could not immediately be reached for comment.
Shanahan is survived by six siblings and a niece, according to the suit, which is seeking more than $150,000 in damages.