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A sign of the apocalypse?

December 11, 2009 - Steve Murch
Just when I think I've seen or hear it all, a story from Massachusetts makes me wonder if the apocalypse is upon us.

The Associated Press reported today that Laura Lundquist, 98, was indicted on a second degree murder charge for allegedly strangling her 100-year-old roommate, Elizabeth Barrow, at a nursing home.

Ninety-eight? And she killed a 100-year-old?

According to the AP, Barrow's son, Scott, said Lundquist complained about the number of visitors his mother had. Barrow also said “Lundquist had made 'threatening' and 'harassing' remarks to his mother.

The AP story continues: “The two women had been roommates for about a year. Barrow has said he asked nursing home officials to separate the women, but they assured him the two were getting along. He said his mother told him she did not want to leave her room because that's where she and her husband had lived for several years before he died in 2007.”

Lundquist is accused of strangling Barrow by placing a plastic bag over her head. I can't imagine Lundquist had that much strength to have done it while Barrow was awake, and had to have done it while Barrow was asleep. It just seems like neither would have that much strength at their ages.

It's a sad story from all angles. The question is what happens to this old woman if she is, A. found competent to stand trial, and B. found guilty of murder? Are they going to stick her a prison?

It simply makes you shake your head and feel sorry for all involved.


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