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Committee To Discuss Bragg Spouse Slaying

Committee To Discuss Bragg Spouse Slaying

Source: Fayetteville (NC) Observer

A congressional subcommittee will hold a series of closed-door meetings Monday in Fayetteville and at Fort Bragg in an effort to learn more about a series of spouse killings.

The meetings will be closed to the public.

Rep. John McHugh, a New York Republican, chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, told The Fayetteville Observer earlier this month that he and others from his committee planned to visit Fayetteville to look at issues surrounding domestic violence in the military.

This week, the committee released details of the visit. The representatives will meet with military and law enforcement officials and people from civilian agencies, including advocacy groups. They will assess the military's efforts to prevent and intervene in domestic violence situations and its ability to investigate abuse.

The meetings will be held at Fort Bragg and Fayetteville Technical Community College.

The congressional visit is the result of a series of homicides and murder-suicides involving five Fort Bragg couples over the summer. Investigators said four Fort Bragg soldiers killed their wives. Two of those soldiers then committed suicide. In a fifth case, investigators said, a woman killed her husband, an Army major.

The cases have drawn significant national attention, with stories on network television news programs and articles in major magazines and papers across the country.

The national spotlight continues today. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will air ''Murders at Fort Bragg'' at 4 p.m.

According to the show's Web site, the object of the broadcast is to ask: ''What made these men snap? Was it tragic coincidence, or were the warning signs missed?''

Guests interviewed for the show include family members of the dead women and women who say that their soldier husbands abused them.

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