Posts Tagged ‘violence’

Spurned grandma turned gunman shoots up house.

Friday, March 25th, 2011

You refuse the sexual advances of your neighbour. Your neighbor returns home, gets a gun and shoots up your house (while you’re in it). Should your neighbor go to jail?

The answer seems pretty obvious. At least it’s obvious to me. But what if your neighbour is a 92 year old woman?

Should that matter?

I found the story, which should be posted under the “to weird to be true” category, on “”

According to reports, 92 year old Helen Staudinger was denied a kiss by her 53 year old neighbor, Dwight Bettner.

Staudinger had gone to Bettner’s home to speak to him. He asked her to leave, which apparently upset her.

She went home, grabbed her gun (a very un-grandmotherly thing to do), and then shot up Bettner’s house.

Bettner wasn’t hit. But shooting up someones house is still . . . shooting up someones house.

What Staudinger is alleged to have done is a violent crime, and it could have had deadly consequences. She (and Bettner) are just lucky that she didn’t hit him.

What should happen to her now?