Gisele Dangervil: NYC elderly man with dementia arrested after wife, 70, found dead inside their home
The husband was not immediately charged with his wife’s death, however, police have started an investigation and deemed the incident as a homicide
QUEENS, NEW YORK: A woman from Queens was reportedly found dead inside her house and according to authorities, she was most likely murdered by her husband, who has dementia. Gisele Dangervil’s 77-year-old husband told police that he has no recollection of what happened. He was taken into custody on Thursday, November 3, 2022. The husband was not immediately charged with his wife’s death, however, police have started an investigation and deemed the incident as a homicide. Meanwhile, according to a source close to the family, the victim, Dangervil, 70, also had dementia. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, told New York Daily News that the couple's daughter, who lives with them, installed cameras in the home to keep an eye on her parents when she works late-night shifts.
She saw the couple in bed but when she checked back later, the camera was turned off, the source revealed. According to police and the source, the daughter's frightened husband called 911 at 6:17 am on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, to report that she was unable to reach the elderly couple. Police discovered Dangervil dead inside the house on 148th Road near 253rd St in Rosedale. She had suffered head and body injuries, possibly with her husband's cane. Responding EMS units pronounced her dead at the scene. Police told family members there was blood on the cane, which Dangervil’s husband needed for his walk.
Officers revealed that even though the victim’s husband was present during the murder, he was unable to describe what had happened. According to police, the couple had no prior history of domestic violence. The source claimed that Dangervil has had dementia for the past four years and they had a caregiver who would prepare meals and do housework for them. Dangervil's husband took care of his wife and the house while the caretaker wasn't present, the source added. The pair also reportedly has two children and had been married for many years. According to New York Post, as of Thursday morning, November 3, the husband was being treated at an unnamed hospital.
Although Dangervil has been retired for some time, the source claimed she had worked at a Marriott hotel close to LaGuardia Airport. She was remembered as a compassionate woman who took good care of her husband and their family.
Meanwhile, the investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information in regard to this incident has been asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.