Wednesday, February 15, 2006


It was a bad day for 78 year old Harry Whittington when he was shot last Saturday by Vice-President Cheney in a hunting accident. At least the poor chap is still alive, even after a consequent heart attack. There's an element of farce here.

However while surfing, I stumbled across a couple of truly tragic events.

Back in August, my very first post was about the little town of Galion , Ohio (pop 11341) which had massive financial problems after it's finance director had embezzled some of the town's cash. He tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head, but survived, blind.

I thought I'd do a Clusty search for Galion and see how the town was managing...

I found this
GALION FEB 14TH - The death of a 10-year-old boy found shot inside his home Wednesday was a suicide, a coroner ruled Monday.

Alexander Stone, 465 Wine St., died of a gunshot wound to the head, Franklin County Coroner Dr. Bradley Lewis said. A preliminary autopsy was completed this weekend.

Matt Stone, the boy's father, said his son was a sensitive child who had recently been having trouble in school.

and from three weeks earlier, this:
A 16-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend was charged today with a delinquency count of reckless homicide.

Crawford County prosecutors did not release the boy's name today.

Mount Gilead teen Lindsey Sligar, 17, was shot to death at her boyfriend's Galion home yesterday.
Valerie Sligar, Lindsey's mother, said today that her daughter was a senior at Northmor High School getting ready to graduate.

"She was working so hard," Sligar said of her daughter. `She didn't deserve to die." Lindsey was pronounced dead at Galion Community Hospital at 6:20 p.m. yesterday, about 80 minutes after authorities received a 911 call from the home.

"It looks like horseplay in the bedroom," police Chief Brian Saterfield said.
Police recovered a .380 semiautomatic handgun.

Sometimes, life can be unbearably cruel. And Galion seems like the archetypal American small town - "Big Town Close, Small Town Cozy"


Andy said...

And yet there's Bozeman, Montana, with its increasingly famous, gentle, police reports:

I wonder where the truth lies? Somewhere inbetween usually.

Anonymous said...

Lindsey was my best friend and i was there the night her boyfriend shot her...she was a great girl and never did anything wrong to disearve this. She was doing so well in school since she returned...her boyfriends sister and friend jumped her then all this...wut was so wrong with her that they seen that ment she had to go...i love you girl and i will fight for you till the end.

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