There are times when I run across a story/idea that I just can’t leave alone. They beg to be picked on, praised, or given the “WTF”.
This story falls in the WTF category.
Here is the gist:
A 64 year-old man from a small town in Minnesota was supposedly a little nervous about recent robberies in his town. While in his basement, he heard the sounds of a break-in on the floor above him. Armed with a Mini-14 (a rifle) and a 22 caliber handgun, he waited in the basement.
(The rest of the story is full of WTF moments)
The first intruder started to come down the stairs. When the intruder was visible from the waist down, the man opened fire on the intruder that he knew NOTHING about. The intruder fell down the steps, where the man then shot the intruder in the face with his rifle. The man then DRAGGED the body into his basement workshop and went back to wait at the stairs.
The second intruder started to come down the stairs. When the second intruder’s hips were in view, the man shot the second intruder with his rifle. The man then pulled out his handgun and shot the second intruder in the chest multiple times.
The man dragged the second intruder over and put them next to the first intruder. The second intruder was still alive and gasping for air. Not satisfied, the man put the handgun under the second intruder’s chin, pointed the barrel towards the cranium, and fired a shot that the man reportedly described as being “a good, clean finishing shot.”
Who were the intruders? The first intruder was a 17 year-old boy, and the second was an 18 year-old girl (the boy’s cousin).
When did this happen? Thanksgiving day.
Can this story get any worse? Hold on to your pants (or whatever you might be wearing)….
Did the man call the police right after he killed the teens? No. Did he wait for a few hours? No. He asked for advice from his neighbor and called the police the NEXT day.
When he was asked about why he didn’t call the police after it happened, he supposedly said he “didn’t want to trouble (them) on the holiday.”
Morrison County Sheriff, Michel Wetzel said the following about this whole situation – “The law doesn’t permit you to execute somebody once a threat is gone.”
So let’s talk about this. What are the problems that you see here? I know I see so many problems that I feel like I’m playing “pin the tail on the donkey” on the world’s largest jackass. I could close my eyes, point to almost any part of the story, and say “There is a problem.”
Since I think there are so many issues (this story is FUBAR), please let me point out the first that comes to mind:
Two young kids lost their lives needlessly. Killing isn’t the quick, seemingly easy act that entertainment (games/movies, etc) would have us believe. It is horrible. It can take a very long time for a person to die from gunshot wounds to the torso, and even to the head. Lives were taken. A family has been changed forever. Killing somebody is like dropping a stone in a pool. The ripples are change, and they touch everything.
Other problems I have with it:
* I own guns (plural). Part of this has to do with my employment, but it’s not the only reason I do. I think (note this is my personal opinion) that it is a good idea to allow RESPONSIBLE citizens to own and use guns. How does this kind of behavior make good,sensible, and law-abiding gun-carrying citizens look?
* The cold brutality of the killing. How does a person get to the point where they are so calloused that they can do something like this? It’s a horrific yet interesting field of study. I have worked a number of cases that have involved inhuman acts of violence and degradation, and it always makes me wonder how an individual gets to that point.
I could go on, but I won’t. How do you feel about this? Share your thoughts and comments.
(the man was going to be charged with second degree murder)