Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This Just Out

Norman Bates.

There, I said it. No one else will say it, so I will.

Norman Bates. Norman F. Bates.

I'm sure at this point you've figured out that this is going to be about that 91-year old Bradford County woman who was living in her home with the corpses of her late husband and late sister.

This will be light on specifics. We've all heard the gory details.

This woman needs help. Please see that she gets it.

Authorities are deciding if she will face criminal charges. Some say she did no harm and should not face prosecution. Are you kidding me?

The woman was living with her dead husband and dead sister (did I mention that they were both DEAD!) She is apparently cooperating with investigators. She's described as kindly and sweet. There seems to be a real reticence to charge her.

She apparently had help digging up the bodies, DEAD bodies. I don't think State Police will hesitate to charge the conspirators. And what about the social worker. You know that person is going to face a boatload of trouble for not figuring the whole thing out sooner.

The most obvious crime is abuse of corpse. Abuse of corpse is when someone treats a corpse in a way that would "outrage ordinary family sensibilities." Perhaps the only families not offended are surnamed "Manson."

Age cannot be a factor. She must be charged, if for no other reason than to get her the help she so desperately needs.

Besides, we don't want this to become common place.

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