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#1 Old 12-13-2009, 08:57 AM
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(CNN) -- A Massachusetts grand jury has indicted a 98-year-old woman, accused of strangling her 100-year-old nursing home roommate, on a second-degree murder charge.



Prosecutors say Laura Lundquist killed centenarian Elizabeth Barrow, a resident of Brandon Woods Nursing Home in Dartmouth, after the two women had an argument over a table Lundquist had placed at the foot of Barrow's bed.



Barrow was found dead September 24 with a plastic shopping bag tied loosely around her head, according the Bristol County district attorney's office. An autopsy indicated Barrow had been strangled.



http://edition.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/12...ing/index.html



It's comforting to know that as you get older, life experience/maturity really do help in the decision making process.

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Wow, you'd think a Centurion would have been able to protect herself better.



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It's comforting to know that as you get older, life experience/maturity really do help in the decision making process.



She's in a nursing home, it didn't occur to you that maybe she doesn't have her full faculties in place to help her with decision making?
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i wonder what medication she was on
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She's in a nursing home, it didn't occur to you that maybe she doesn't have her full faculties in place to help her with decision making?



I didn't. People kill each other over such petty reasons that I put it under that category. Sad that I fall back to such a positive view of humanity.

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I'm surprised she had the physical strength. So sad.

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It's so sad that someone who had lived for so long died for such a petty reason.
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That's really sad.
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It'd be weird if she was murdering people her whole life and this is the first time she got caught.
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I'm surprised she had the physical strength. So sad.



That's the first thing that popped into my mind also.
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It'd be weird if she was murdering people her whole life and this is the first time she got caught.



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That really sucks that someone could live to 100 and have to die like that.
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I read that artical a few days ago on a different website. I couldn't believe it!





Watch her get life in prison!
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Wow, you'd think a Centurion would have been able to protect herself better.



** re-reads article **



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I agree, narratively speaking. It would make for an interesting novel.
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I agree, narratively speaking. It would make for an interesting novel.



That reminded me of a novel I read where some teenagers are terrorising elderly people in a nursing home, and you think the kids are going to end up killing them. But the tables turn and the old people capture the yobs and torture them to death. A disturbing but good read, I wish I could remember what it was called. Fairly sure it was by James Herbert.
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That reminded me of a novel I read where some teenagers are terrorising elderly people in a nursing home, and you think the kids are going to end up killing them. But the tables turn and the old people capture the yobs and torture them to death. A disturbing but good read, I wish I could remember what it was called. Fairly sure it was by James Herbert.



you gave away the ending now!



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I'm surprised she had the physical strength. So sad.





You'd be surprised how strong some older people actually are! I nurse elderly people and some of the ones with behavioural problems or dementia can have a death grip at times. At the times when they're not seriously hurting me, it's actually pretty amusing.

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People with advanced Alzheimer's can be quite scary with how strong they are. A few of my coworkers (when I worked in nursing homes) had some close calls with a particular resident who went through a phase of trying to choke anyone who came close enough to her Geri-chair.

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it's hardly like she was thinking rationally. i can tell you plenty of older folks are terribly confused. i worked in a nursing home for a year and a half. they hit and push and bite each other and don't remember it a minute later. personally, i hope my body doesn't outlive my mind.
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