Friday, April 28, 2006

Take your fingers out of your ears, people!

Harvey Robinson, adolescent serial killer - the Crime Library - The Crime library
Joan May Burghardt, 29, ... had reported that someone had entered her apartment by cutting through a screen door. She assured her parents that she would be more careful about locking her doors and windows, but two days later, on August 9, 1992, she was unaware that a man watched her through a window as she began to undress. She entered the living room with some milk and cookies, and suddenly the man tore through the front window screen and came at her, smacking her so hard in the head he knocked her glasses off and spattered the wall with her blood. Although trapped, she managed to run past this intruder and get to a room where she pounded on the wall and screamed for help. In fact, a neighbor on the floor above her heard her but declined to do anything.

The intruder turned on the television, increasing the volume over her screams. Other neighbors reportedly heard this, but no one intervened or asked her to turn it down. The intruder bludgeoned Burghardt with a blunt weapon until she fell to the floor and kept hitting her in a rage, delivering some thirty-seven blows to her head. The impact was so hard that he drove strands of her hair into the skull fractures. Once he was certain she was dead, he looked for a pair of her panties in a drawer and then used them to masturbate over her prostrate body.

My friend's sister, likewise, was brutally murdered in her apartment. Not one neighbor was moved by her screams to call 911 or to do anything to investigate.

If you hear a woman screaming, screaming, screaming, do something! Wouldn't you rather call 911 about a loud fight, or even over a movie being played too loud, than be one of the indifferent neighbors who fail to call the police while a woman is murdered virtually under their noses?

These cases never fail to outrage me. That ordinary people can put their fingers in their ears while a woman is murdered -- loudly, brutally, horribly murdered -- because they can't be bothered. They think surely somebody else will call. Whatever excuse they make up.

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