On January 29, 2010, a woman named Mary Nance Hanson went to the parking lot of a school where her ex-daughter-in-law, Tetyana worked. She shot Tetyana five times with a revolver. Then she reloaded, and resumed shooting. Then she call 911, told the police what she had done, and said that she had no idea why she had done it.
But this article describing what happened when she came up for trial seems to explain it really well:
While news media reported that Hanson held a concealed-weapon permit, Jankowski maintains he never knew she had a gun.
The 71-year-old Taylorsville woman was booked into jail and charged with murder. She pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court on Aug. 18. In a letter that Hanson wrote to Judge William Barrett in April, she explained why she would be pleading guilty: “My physical health is deteriorating rapidly, and I do not believe it would be in the best interests of taxpayers or of myself to pursue a trial.”
In the courtroom, Hanson told the judge, “I would like to be sent forthwith to the prison, and I would like to request death by lethal injection.”
When told her case was not eligible for the death penalty, Hanson reportedly told the judge: “Well, then, I guess I didn’t do a good enough job.”She was apparently dying of congestive heart failure. It looks to me like she went out, bought a gun, applied for a concealed weapons permit (since I guess she didn't want to break the law on the way to murdering her ex-daughter-in-law), in the hopes that the state would execute her.
Stuff this weird just boggles my mind. She didn't want to live? Suicide? Even suicide-by-cop would be less evil than this.
UPDATE: For those who think that she decided to kill the ex-daughter-in-law because she had nothing left to live for--why go out of your way to get caught? She wasn't caught, and then confessed. She did not even try to get away. She called 911 and confessed to the crime. She laid in wait (what to many Americans is assumed to be a capital crime).