A Unique Moment In History

A Unique Moment In History

Dead Goblin CountSomeone took Joe Biden’s advice, and it worked! Thanks to Brad_in_MA for this one.

Niles man testifies about firing shot that killed intruder 

Roy Hahn, 41, told jurors Tuesday in Michael Burns’ murder trial that he woke up from a “dead sleep” to hear “a loud crunching or cracking” coming from a side door being pried open.

Moments later, he “looked out the window and saw someone or two people run to the front of the house, so I went back into my bedroom, I grabbed my shotgun, and I heard the front door being pried open, so I shot through the front door.”

Burns is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter in Allen’s death and attempted aggravated burglary in the July 12 break-in.

Now to be fair, there is a seedy side to this story, as our hero had traces of cocaine in his blood and his house was in such a state of disrepair that the crooks thought it was abandoned (memo to myself: Mow the backyard…), but a bunch of crooks are either behind bars or six feet under. 

All’s well that ends well.

Dead Goblin Count: 466

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Dead Goblin CountAhh, the holidays, when a young man’s (and woman’s) fancy turns to thoughts of… armed robbery. Thanks to Ed for sending this one in, which is bizarre even by DGC standards… 

Tampa man shot to death while trying to pull off robbery

A Tampa man who was part of a robbery setup was shot to death early Friday by the intended victim and a Pinellas County woman was charged with murder for taking part in the plan, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Erika T. Sanez had met Travis Weller about a month ago and arranged a date. Sanez met Weller at a different location before taking him to a vacant home. Inside the home, three men were waiting for Weller, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

When they tried to rob him, Weller opened fire. One of the bullets hit, Marlin Walker, 20, once in the chest. Weller called 911, telling a dispatcher that several people had tried to rob him and he had shot one of them.

Man, I thought I had “dates from hell” when I was a single man… 

Next up, if you’re going to do the job, do it right. Thanks to Shane W for these two. 

Bassfield robbery suspect shot at least 10 times, dies

Authorities said a robbery suspect wounded a convenience store owner in Jefferson Davis County but was killed when the owner fired back at least 10 times. 

WDAM-TV reported that the suspect, LeRobert Young of Bassfield, died at the scene. The store owner, who was shot once, was taken to Forrest General Hospital for treatment.

Goblin shoots store owner in leg, robs store, decides to go back for more, wounded store owner retrieves a 9mm in the meantime and introduces robber’s insides to the outside. 

And whatever you do, don’t burglarize rural homes in Kentucky. It is the very definition of a high-risk occupation. 

Burglary Suspect Shot, Killed In Clay County

A suspected burglar was shot and killed in Clay County Wednesday night.

Kentucky State Police say somebody returned to a home on Otter Creek Road, south of Manchester, around 9 p.m., and found a man had broken in. At some point an unnamed person opened fire on the suspected burglar, shooting him once.

Officials say Charles Wagers, 20, was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound.

Or maybe something else. As a recovering J-School attendee, I feel for the reporter on this story, as he/she only can write about what the police are telling them, but come on, get a few facts before you write the story. 

Either way, the Thanksgiving weekend was a busy weekend indeed! 

Dead Goblin Count: 464

How About We Serve Up Two Turkeys For Thanksgiving?

How about we serve up two turkeys for Thanksgiving?

Dead Goblin CountThanks to Shane W. for sending these in. 

Man fatally shot after shooting homeowner

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man inside a duplex on the city’s east side.

Officers were called just before 10:30 a.m. Monday to a home located in the 2400 block of Euclid Avenue in regard to a shooting.

When they arrived, they found two shooting victims inside the home. Police say at least five people were inside when a fight broke out.

Witnesses told police that a man arrived at the home and was let inside. An argument erupted between the man and the homeowner with the visitor shooting the homeowner in the chest. The homeowner returned fire, killing the man, police said.

Elderly Homeowner Fatally Shoots Intruder In Pine County

A Pine County man shot and killed an armed intruder breaking into his house early Thursday morning. A second intruder fled on foot and for much of the morning a manhunt was underway for him

The shooting happened at 2:30 a.m. at a home in rural Sandstone, 90 miles north of the Twin Cities. Authorities believe the homeowner truly feared for his life. 

Moral of the story: A man’s home is his castle, and it helps to have a ballista or two handy to defend the ramparts. 

Dead Goblin Count: 461 (Blew right past .460 SOCOM. Oh well.)

A Pack, Not A Herd.

A pack, not a herd.

Dead Goblin CountBefore there was government, there was kin.
Brad_In_MA was the first of many to send in this addition to the DGC.

Kidnapping victim found alive, suspect dead

On November 6, 2013, at approximately 5:20 pm, Lafayette Police responded to a kidnapping incident in the 500 block of Madeline Avenue.

According to witnesses, the suspect, 29 year old Scott Thomas of Leonville, arrived at a daycare on Madeline Avenue and confronted his child’s mother, a 29 year old female. Thomas allegedly forced the victim into his vehicle and fled the scene. The victim’s 2 year old child was left inside of the victim’s vehicle at the daycare.

Details are emerging from how the kidnapping of Bethany Arceneaux ended. According to police, family searched an abandoned property and saw her inside. They got inside and Thomas attacked her. The family member then defended Bethany, shooting Thomas. Then left the scene with Bethany. Thomas has been pronounced dead.

If I’m honest, I’m a little conflicted here. Kudos to the family for not relying on the police and for being a part of the rescue of a loved one. 

But.

I’ve lived in countries where rule of law could be a bit dodgy at times and I’ve seen what it does to people’s lives. Because of that experience overseas, I am a big, big fan of Due Process and I firmly believe that should always be our default. 

But. 

A family is re-united and a kidnapper is dead. Can’t argue with that. 

Dead Goblin Count: 459 (B.C.)

This Is My Shocked Face.

This is my shocked face.

Dead Goblin CountShane sends in another addition to the Dead Goblin Count.

Toledo robber fatally shot, store clerk wounded

A Toledo neighborhood is on edge after a weekend shooting that left a store clerk wounded and a would-be robber dead.

Police say Christopher Shockley intended to rob the West Toledo Stop & Go carryout on Saturday and shot the clerk, December Long. Long then fatally shot Shockley.

And the shocker is…

Toledo police listed Shockley’s address as a halfway house where inmates undergo supervised transition from incarceration to society. 

Transition from incarceration to society: Not so successful.
Transition from 98.7°F to room temperature: Successful. 

Dead Goblin Count: 458 (SOCOM)

Two More To Add

Two More To Add

Dead Goblin CountThanks to reader JRB for sending this one in.

Pictures released of suspects in deadly Reading robbery

Authorities in Berks County say two robbery suspects were shot and killed by a concerned citizen outside a Reading convenience store.

Adams says cameras were rolling as the men, donning masks and armed with guns, entered the store and terrorized employees, pointing their weapons and making demands.

A concerned citizen witnessed the robbery happening from outside the store and waited there for the suspects.

The armed men took cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets before exiting the store. Outside they were confronted by the concerned citizen who told them not to move and that he was calling police.

Adams said a struggle ensued and the suspects took out their weapons. The citizen, however, was also armed and fired at the suspects.

The suspects were both shot in the chest and died at the scene.

Police took the armed citizen in for questioning, but after reviewing video of the incident and speaking with a number of witnesses, authorities released the man.

Adams said the shooter was very cooperative. The man had a license to carry, and since he was threatened at gunpoint, no charges are expected to be filed.

Not sure if I would have made that call as the goblins weren’t threatening me, but on the other hand, if they had done worse things than grab money and lottery tickets inside the store and I didn’t stop them, I’d have to live with that fact all my life. 

Either way, all’s well that ends well. 

Dead Goblin Count: 457 (Chevy)

A Dead Goblin For Halloween.

A Dead Goblin for Halloween.

Dead Goblin CountGo figure. Thanks to Shane W. for another one. 

Burglar shot, killed in Selmont

Two burglars greeted a Selmont couple returning home from work early Saturday morning. In the exchange that ensued, one of the burglars was shot and killed, while the other one escaped and is considered armed and dangerous.

Sgt. Mike Grantham, with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, said the couple returned to their Lowery Drive home around 2:30 a.m. Due to the fact they have been the victims of burglaries before, the husband entered the home first.

Grantham said when the wife came into the house, she noticed glass from a glass door on the ground. It was then, Grantham said, the two burglars came from the back of the house, one of them attacking the husband.

As for the husband, Grantham said the pistol was confiscated and the shooting would be presented to the next Grand Jury, “as is the case with every shooting.”

“At this point, everything that we have found, everything the investigation has turned up, tells us this was a justified shooting,” Grantham said. “But, we still need to send it to the Grand Jury.”

Not a big fan of that last bit, if I’m honest. A lot can go wrong between now and a dismissal of the charges. 

Dead Goblin Count: 455 (Webley)

Man Brings Knife To Gunfight. What’s Expected To Happen Next, Happens.

Man brings knife to gunfight. What’s expected to happen next, happens.

Dead Goblin CountThat “Don’t do stupid things with stupid people in stupid places” thing works only SOME of the time. Sometimes, the worst day of your life will happen at the grocery store.

Former Tampa Bay Storm player in shooting behind Whole Foods

Tampa, Florida- David Saunders is best known for his love of football, both as a former player for the Tampa Bay Storm and as a youth football coach at Keystone Field for the Citrus Park Bills.

But Tuesday morning Saunders found himself at the center of a violent clash totally unrelated to football. Sherriff’s investigators say the 37-year-old fitness instructor was approached by the boyfriend of one of his female fitness clients in the parking lot behind the North Dale Whole Foods store, and, according to witnesses, attacked with an 8-inch kitchen knife following a verbal argument.

“This guy came here with a knife and according to witnesses was the primary aggressor. He engaged in the physical confrontation,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Spokesman Larry McKinnon.

Deputies say at some point, Saunders – a concealed permit holder- pulled out a gun and shot 31-year-old Deshaun Gregory in the head. By the time deputies arrived Gregory was dead.

Sean Connery said it, I believe it, that settles it. Thanks to Ed for sending this one in. 

Dead Goblin Count: 454 (Casull). 

Man Brings Knife To Gunfight. What's Expected To Happen Next, Happens.

Man brings knife to gunfight. What's expected to happen next, happens.

Dead Goblin CountThat “Don’t do stupid things with stupid people in stupid places” thing works only SOME of the time. Sometimes, the worst day of your life will happen at the grocery store.

Former Tampa Bay Storm player in shooting behind Whole Foods

Tampa, Florida- David Saunders is best known for his love of football, both as a former player for the Tampa Bay Storm and as a youth football coach at Keystone Field for the Citrus Park Bills.

But Tuesday morning Saunders found himself at the center of a violent clash totally unrelated to football. Sherriff’s investigators say the 37-year-old fitness instructor was approached by the boyfriend of one of his female fitness clients in the parking lot behind the North Dale Whole Foods store, and, according to witnesses, attacked with an 8-inch kitchen knife following a verbal argument.

“This guy came here with a knife and according to witnesses was the primary aggressor. He engaged in the physical confrontation,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Spokesman Larry McKinnon.

Deputies say at some point, Saunders – a concealed permit holder- pulled out a gun and shot 31-year-old Deshaun Gregory in the head. By the time deputies arrived Gregory was dead.

Sean Connery said it, I believe it, that settles it. Thanks to Ed for sending this one in. 

Dead Goblin Count: 454 (Casull). 

Goblins And Zombies And Cal Bears, Oh My!

Goblins and Zombies and Cal Bears, oh my!

Dead Goblin CountJoseph from Illinois sends in this rather bizarre addition to the Dead Goblin Count from The Golden State.

Man who ranted about zombies shot and killed by California homeowner

California man shot dead after breaking into a young family’s suburban home over the weekend had ranted about zombies hours before he showed up screaming threats in their backyard and smashed into their house, authorities said on Monday. 

The homeowner, whose wife and infant were inside the house, shot Bracamontes after he broke in through a glass door before police were able to respond to an emergency call, authorities said.

“He was making threats to harm the homeowners and said that there were five more people out front that were going to harm them,” Lieutenant Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. “We’re sure those other people didn’t exist.”

Kids, drugs are bad, m’kay? 

Dead Goblin Count: 453

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