Thursday, August 09, 2007

Panhandler shot to death

It doesn't get any more down on your luck than this.

Donald Francis, who police believe was homeless, stood outside the Marathon station at Eighth and Linn streets in Cincinnati late Monday night, asking people for money. That annoyed Geraldine Beasley so much, Chief Tom Streicher said, that she shot and killed Francis when he approached her.

A simple, "No, sorry, no spare change." would have probably sufficed.

"He asked her for a quarter," the chief said Tuesday.

This is why I try really, really hard never to have to speak to anyone. You just never know what is going to set someone off these days.

Beasley, 62, of Walnut Hills, complained to someone else at the scene about the panhandling, Streicher said. Then, he said, when Francis asked her for money, she pulled out a gun and fired.

You know what's really sad about all of this. I bet she had a quarter.

"That's apparently all there was to it," the chief said.

Oh I don't know chief, I have a feeling theres more involved here. Something involving having a 62 year-old woman packing a gun while it's pretty clear she wasn't entirely stable. You should look into that.


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