COPAKE, N.Y. (AP) — The widow of a New York dairy farmer who methodically slaughtered 51 cows before taking his own life says she wants to figure out how to keep the farm going.
Dean Pierson was found dead Thursday on the floor of his barn in Copake, in upstate New York.
Nearby, half his heard lay in their milking stalls, also dead of gunshot wounds.
Pierson left no explanation for what he’d done, just a note on the barn door warning whoever found it not to come in and to call the police.
But there appeared to be a method to his bloody work. He killed only the cows that required frequent milking.
Pierson’s wife says she wants to save the farm so that all her husband’s work doesn’t “go to nothing.”