Pfizer Chemist Killed in Shocking Murder-Suicide

Thumbnail image for news-icon.jpgIt's sad and eerie to see such similar headlines so close together. Just a few days ago, NFL player Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend, then killed himself in front of the Kansas City Chiefs' facility.

Now in Brooklyn, Pfizer chemist Elsie Jones was apparently shot and killed by her husband, Peter Jones, who then committed suicide. The couple had been having marital problems for some time, and Elsie had spoken of moving out of their home and seeking a divorce. A note was found at the scene.

Most coverage of the story emphasizes the fact that Elsie Jones was a Pfizer chemist and worked for the company producing Viagra. Jones' sister reportedly said that she had been with Pfizer for 13 years, almost the whole time the popular erectile dysfunction drug has been available.

It's beside the point, of course, exactly what Jones' position or tenure with Pfizer was or her connection with Viagra. Two people have lost their lives in a violent act. But the press seems to play up the Viagra angle for the sake of an eye-catching headline, and at least one outlet observed the irony that while Jones helped the love lives of many, her own ended tragically.