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May 19, 2006 - 5:01 pm

I was watching the news tonight when I saw a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1980310″this story /a about two elderly women befriending homeless men and then allegedly killing them for insurance money. What I found interesting was the way the news story portrayed this tragedy. Instead of focusing on the cruelty of this act, the story seems to ponder the idea that women of this age should not be involved in such dirty work:br /br /blockquotePolice are investigating two women in their 70s who they believe hatched a scheme to offer two homeless men shelter, then collect more than $2 million in insurance policies after they were killed in hit-and-run crashes. br /br /Police also believe the women may have committed the accidents and were befriending other men to set up more insurance policies. br /br /”Anyone would think that even though they’re making financial gains for this, that they would leave the actual dirty work to someone else or hire someone,” police Detective Dennis Kilcoyne said. “We’re not so sure about that anymore.” /blockquotebr /br /What is the point of this remark by the detective–that these ladies should have had better things to do than actually dirty their hands with killing these men? Uhh–detective–did you ever stop to think that women so cruel that they would try to rip off homeless men might resort to anything? Really–shouldn’t the point of the story be that potential killers can come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders? What a sad story.

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