Nurse Strangles Intruder With Bare Hands - page 3

What a story! Last night in Portland, Oregon a 56 year old nurse came home to find an intruder in her house. I think he had a hammer? She strangled him with her bare hands! He is dead. I'm sure... Read More

  1. by   catlady
    Uh, there's already a thread running about this.

    And protocol here is to link to copyrighted stories, rather than reproducing them in full.
  2. by   TopherSRN
    rofl, she also strangled a man whom she was 8 years younger than and had nearly 80 pounds on.
  3. by   sirI
    Post #23, 26, and 27 merged with existing thread.
  4. by   Gompers
    Quote from tntrn
    Self-defense is not murder.
    Technically, no. But there are many, many, many people who have had to kill in self defense who go on to feel very unsettled about the fact that they had to kill someone else, even if it was to save their own life. That's all I'm saying - I just don't personally feel like cheering in this situation even though I'm glad the nurse won the battle.
  5. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from Gompers
    Technically, no. But there are many, many, many people who have had to kill in self defense who go on to feel very unsettled about the fact that they had to kill someone else, even if it was to save their own life. That's all I'm saying - I just don't personally feel like cheering in this situation even though I'm glad the nurse won the battle.

    I agree with you completely. I have personally had my house broken into as well as my car. It is such a violation to have someone break into your space, I can't imagine how it must feel to have to murder someone in your home. I'm glad she came out alright but I am sure that it is no joking matter to her.
  6. by   kalera481
    i shared this awesome story with the rest of the er staff out here in korea. many kudos to susan for facing and succeeding this challenge. it always amazes me what sheer, will and determination (and start up kick of adrenaline) can do for people.
  7. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Gompers- I understand what you mean.

    (and you are going to be a new mommie in less than 4 months? good for you!)
  8. by   busyernurse
    As a fellow ER nurse, I am proud of the fact that she was able to defend herself. After all, this creep could have been the intruder who broke into a house with an elderly woman or small children and beaten or raped them. I do hate that the intruder died, but I am also the mother of two boys, 8 and 14, and I shudder at the thought of what could have happened -- and I am glad that she took that person off the street, because apparently he did not get "reformed" in his past stents in prison!
  9. by   sandys
    My only reaction was "WOW!" You just don't hear about people who are in the position of being attacked coming back and strangling someone. If they have a weapon, sure they have been known to retaliate, but WOW, she strangled him!

    Of course it's unfortunate that a life was lost, but how can you feel sorry for someone who has no respect for other people? He didn't go into her home clean it and take care of her! He went there to inflict harm either personally or at the very least monetarily. He was a convicted fellon and she is fortunate that she had what it took to survive.
  10. by   ICRN2008
    While I am glad to hear that this nurse was able to defend herself and save herself from becoming a victim, I do not approve of glorifying her for what she did. A life was lost, and that is never something to celebrate.
  11. by   mercyteapot
    I cheer for the fact that for a change, the right person is dead. If he'd been in prison where he belonged, serving the full 20 year sentence to which he was sentenced for a 1994 crime, or if he'd learned his lesson whilst in the pokey, this never would've happened, would it now?
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I cheer for the fact that for a change, the right person is dead. If he'd been in prison where he belonged, serving the full 20 year sentence to which he was sentenced for a 1994 crime, or if he'd learned his lesson whilst in the pokey, this never would've happened, would it now?
    Amen.


    steph
  13. by   RN/MSN/JD
    Some states require you to 'retreat' from an intruder in your own home before using deadly force. Let's just hope this nurse does not live in one of those states.

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