Anger, sorrow after wife of Air Force colonel accused of murder - KCTV5 News

Anger, sorrow after wife of Air Force colonel accused of murder

Posted: Updated:
GLADSTONE, MO (KCTV) -

Friends of a Gladstone psychiatrist are devastated that her former lover did not give her any warning about his wife's anger.

Irina Puscariu had broken off her relationship with Roscoe Griffin, an Air Force colonel, when she discovered he was married, according to a retired Kansas City police officer who was friends with the victim. The officer asked not to be identified.

According to court documents, Griffin and his wife, Shannon O'Roark Griffin, a retired NASA aerospace engineer, were having marital problems. They were receiving counseling in Kansas where Griffin is currently working. He has served as director of reserved forces for the Air Force Space Command in Colorado.

Griffin told investigators that he and his wife were discussing a divorce when his wife stormed out of the meeting. Griffin did not alert Puscariu about his wife's ire or that he had told his wife he was leaving her for his lover.

"After his wife stomped out of this meeting, what was the problem with contacting Irina and saying, 'There's a problem here?'" the friend asked. "Irina would have never opened that door if she had known this was detrimental."

Investigators say Puscariu did open the door and that O'Roark Griffin shot the therapist in the face three times. The victim's horrified mother watched her daughter's life ebb away in front  of her.

The Romanian mother just arrived last fall from Romania and spoke virtually no English. She helped investigators narrow the search onto O'Roark Griffin, according to court documents.

Kansas Highway Patrol stopped O'Roark Griffin on Interstate 35 near the Oklahoma border. She is being held in Sedgwick County Jail on a $1 million bond while awaiting extradition to Missouri.

Update: She is in the Clay County Jail as of Thursday. Click here to read that story.

Friends say Puscariu's mother is terrified and wants to return to Romania as soon as the case is concluded. And her daughter's memory will linger.

"It was like losing a sister. I can't imagine not seeing her again," Puscariu's friend said. "I can't even drive by that house without going crazy over it."

Puscariu worked at a Veterans Administration hospital.

To read previous coverage, click here.

Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Moving nightmare: Kansas City family says movers stole all their belongings

    Moving nightmare: Kansas City family says movers stole all their belongings

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:50:13 GMT
    It can be a personal hell for many, but your average nightmare moving experience could be worse. Just ask the Keith family. (Submitted)It can be a personal hell for many, but your average nightmare moving experience could be worse. Just ask the Keith family. (Submitted)

    Never has anyone ever said moving is fun. It can be a personal hell for many, but your average nightmare moving experience could be worse. Just ask the Keith family. 

    More >

    Never has anyone ever said moving is fun. It can be a personal hell for many, but your average nightmare moving experience could be worse. Just ask the Keith family. 

    More >
  • 2 suspects charged with robbery that was caught on tape in Kansas City Apple Store

    2 suspects charged with robbery that was caught on tape in Kansas City Apple Store

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:39:49 GMT
    Submitted by Kansas City policeSubmitted by Kansas City police
    Submitted by Kansas City policeSubmitted by Kansas City police
    Charges have been filed against two suspects accused of grabbing thousands of dollars worth of electronics from the Apple Store on The Plaza.  Court records show Timothy O'Neal and DeVarrio O'Neal are suspected of stealing from Apple stores in six Texas cities and Apple stores in Mississippi and Arkansas, taking more than $300,000 worth of merchandise. They have been charged with robbery.  The robbery at the Apple Store's Plaza location was caught on camera and went viral...More >
    Charges have been filed against two suspects accused of grabbing thousands of dollars worth of electronics from the Apple Store on The Plaza.  Court records show Timothy O'Neal and DeVarrio O'Neal are suspected of stealing from Apple stores in six Texas cities and Apple stores in Mississippi and Arkansas, taking more than $300,000 worth of merchandise. They have been charged with robbery.  The robbery at the Apple Store's Plaza location was caught on camera and went viral...More >
  • Standoff in Overland Park ends with man's death

    Standoff in Overland Park ends with man's death

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:17 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:17:43 GMT
    (Submitted photo)(Submitted photo)
    (Submitted photo)(Submitted photo)

    The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said the man involved in the standoff Wednesday died from a self-inflicted wound.

    More >

    The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said the man involved in the standoff Wednesday died from a self-inflicted wound.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:
KCTV  KSMO

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.