Retired US Army Major found with throat slashed, wife suffocated, in Italy

Left: Bradley Kinser, then a U.S. Army major, poses for a photo in Vicenza in 2013. (U.S. Army) Right: Leila and Bradley Kinser posed with their turtle in a 2016. (Facebook)

A retired US Army Major is posthumously being accused of murdering his Russian bride in their Italian home before taking his own life over the weekend, sources say.

The bodies Major Bradley Kinser and and his wife, Leila, were found in the couple’s Vicenza home, with the wife having been killed by either strangulation or suffocation.

The Carabiniere (Italian Gendarmerie, similar to Military Police but with more public presence) believe that Kinser killed his wife before slitting his own throat, leaving a note with the word “sorry” on a note stuck to the bedroom door and surrounded by a heart shape written with blood.

Prior to retiring from the Army in 2015, Kinser served as an Intelligence research officer for US Army Africa, also known as the Southern European Task Force (SETAF).

According to his Facebook page, he had served in Iraq and previously lived in Poland. In order to supplement his pension, he worked as a local contractor for Army Human Resources Command.

Kinser was reportedly suffering from depression, prompting several friends and an Army chaplain stationed at nearby Caserma Ederle to alert authorities after they had not heard from him in some time.

Kinser was attached to his pet turtle, Mashka, which traveled with the couple on several occasions.

According to the Stars and Stripes, Mrs. Kinser’s Facebook account posted a status at 8:51 Saturday night, reading, “I don’t have any more my Mashka I want to die” and was tagged “Leila Kinser is with Mashka Kinser.”

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