Elizabeth in ‘Severe Emotional Distress’ Before Death, Doctor Says


Doctor Alleges Elizabeth In

‘Severe Emotional Distress’

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Casey Callahan, left, listens to witness testimony alongside his attorney, Bruce Maxson. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – The day before she died, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan was under “severe emotional distress” stemming from her marriage to Casey Callahan, her physician, Dr. Joan Bachorik, testified this morning in her husband’s murder trial resulting from her death at a truck stop in Pennsylvania in January 2000.

“I remember her because she was probably the most pathetic person I had ever seen in my office,” said Bachorik.

Records showed that the day before her death, Elizabeth had an appointment with Bachorik, during which the doctor offered to call the police on her behalf. “But she refused out of fear that he would kill her,” she said.

Bachorik also spoke of an interaction that she shared with the husband: “He talked continuously about what he could do with his truck. It was an extremely bizarre interaction.”

Callahan went so far as to discuss how he could run someone over with his truck and state where he would carry out his plan, said the doctor.  “He mentioned that he would probably do it right off the state line,” she said.

Another witness, State Police Inv. Terry Shultz, told the jury Callahan behaved very suspiciously when called in for a meeting on an unrelated matter. “He said he had been sweating all day because he thought he was getting arrested for murder,” said Shultz.

The trial recessed for lunch at 11:30 p.m. and will resume at 1 p.m. today.

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