No make-believe story here, foks. There was a murder in my hometown Friday night. That's right, small town U.S.A., population about 5000, covered bridge capital of Iowa, and home of ever-growing crime.
A couple of months ago, a local man who was separated from his wife, went to her home in the middle of the night. He attacked her new boyfriend and severely injured him with a knife as his wife and kids watched. Really gave his kids some warm, fuzzy memories. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
This time a 43-year-old woman was attacked and killed in her apartment by her ex-boyfriend also wielding a knife and 2 of her neighbors were hurt. He had threatened her before so she had a no-contact order against him. She had plans to move to a different city to start a new life. He lived in Des Moines which is only about 30 miles away.... a half hour drive and a knife and she's dead. Several neighbors saw him break into the apartment and one rushed in to help. She was one of those also attacked. When he tried to escape, another neighbor tackled him and was also slightly injured but held him until police arrived. What good was the restraining order? If someone is that mad, what good is a piece of paper? Do you think he cared about being in contempt of court or a fine? Hell, no!
What is it with men who can't let women go? Is it an ego thing? 'I can't have her so no one else can either.' If you love her so much, why kill her? Is that going to help? Does that leave ANY chance of reconciliation? I don't think so! Murder, like suicide, is something you can never take back or make right; once it's done, there's no second chance.