I’m ambivalent about this story: Nurse Kills Intruder with Bare Hands.
A 51 year old emergency nurse came home from a late-night shift to find an intruder armed with a hammer in her home, and in a struggle she strangled him to death. He had a long criminal record. One side of me is cheering for her for defending herself against harm, and the message that women are capable of using deadly harm to defend themselves might do some good generally in discouraging predatory men.
On the other side, I don’t approve of killing people unnecessarily. She’s a nurse, she obviously knew that by continuing the stranglehold beyond the time when he was unconscious that she was killing him (a stranglehold has to be maintained for several minutes after unconsciousness before death will occur). That’s a huge physical effort to maintain, even for a 5’7″ 260-pound woman whose job makes her strong.
Why couldn’t she have tied him up once she’d made him unconcscious and waited for law enforcement?
Is it possible that she was so adrenalin-rushed that she didn’t realise how much time was passing? Or that she wasn’t sure whether he was pretending to be unconscious, and was concerned that he would attack her again if she let go? Certainly. But that doesn’t strike me as the typical reaction of an emergency-nurse, who are trained and experienced in weighing alternatives and realistic outcomes in crisis situations. I know there is a vengeful side of myself that might well act in the same way if I had an armed intruder at my mercy. I don’t like that side of me very much, hence my ambivalence.
Still, I am glad that Susan Kuhnhausen protected herself, and that Edward Dalton Haffey will not hurt anyone else.