Dear Prudence: He's a "killer,” but not a criminal

  • Article by: Emily Yoffe| , Slate
  • Updated: July 2, 2013 - 1:27 PM

Dear Prudence: Some three decades ago, I killed a man. He had broken into my home, armed; we struggled, he died. It was clearly self-defense and, frankly, I have no regrets or remorse. A few months ago, my wife’s brother did an idle Google search and discovered a report on the incident, which he’s shared widely in the family. He’s also taken to calling me “Killer.”

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truthisJul. 8, 13 1:11 PM

Prudence - regarding the elderly woman in her 80's who refuses to sell her home. Just because she does not want to move does NOT mean she is no longer capable of making decisions for herself. The writer does not say she has dementia or is feeble minded - only that her family doesn't agree with grandma's decision to remain in her home. Grandma is NOT a pet. You do not take away her freedom to choose and 'place' her somewhere where she'll be safe. She's an adult and as long as she's mentally competent she has the right to decide where she will live and for how long. The family has many options including hiring someone to live with her as a care aide or to have people come in to assist as needed. Has anyone called social services to see what type of help is available? What about making some minor modifications to the house that grandma and the family can agree on so she can live out her days in her home? Sticking her in a nursing home (I don't care how cozy it is, it's not HER home) to appease the family may in fact end her life sooner than if she was allowed to remain in her own home with community and social service support.

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