They Knew They Did Wrong
When they saw the woman, two masked guys who had just broken into a grandma’s Texas house understood what they had done wrong. They questioned their choice to break into this elderly woman’s house.
Grandma Rose had something planned for them, despite their attempt to break in and steal her possessions.
Grandma Rose’s husband passed away three years ago. She now lived alone in Harris County, Texas, while in her early 60s.
The older woman lived a simple life and enjoyed keeping herself as active as possible. Grandma Rose was used to doing everything independently but had a daughter who helped her now and again. Would Grandma Rose be ready to take care of what happened next?
Grandma Rose lived in an area with an increase in robbery thefts. All her surrounding neighbors to extra precautions and installed new security equipment.
She felt persuaded to do something to protect herself too, but she didn’t have a big enough budget for anything fancy like a house alarm. It didn’t make things easy for her, so what did she do?
Grandma Rose had to be careful 24/7, living by herself. She didn’t want any trouble with intruders or to have her belongings stolen. Most importantly, she needed to keep herself safe from harm.
What was there for an old woman to do? Aside from the periodic visits from her daughter and grandchildren, she was alone. She had to keep on high alert and have her eyes peeled, but how effective would that be?
A Tight Budget
The elderly woman found that she couldn’t afford everything she used to anymore after the economic decline. Because she had to prioritize her medicine and utilities above everything else didn’t make things easy.
Her financial situation meant she was susceptible to losing her things to a robbery, and she had to do something about it. She would do something that would surprise all.
Hard Working Woman
She had spent her life working, having started at the age of sixteen. She continued to work until she was forced to retire in her 50s due to her health problems.
Working on her little garden in her backyard kept her active, but she could not do as much as she once could. As busy as she liked to be, she enjoyed her peace and serenity but soon found herself dealing with the exact opposite.
What She Treasured
If she were to sell all her goods, she would not make much money, but she treasured everything she had. They held memories within them, reminding her of her life with her loving husband and of the home they shared.
So when two men broke into her house, ready to empty her home of her most treasured items, she had the perfect strategy. Her treasured valuables were worth more to her than her life.
Everyone who knew Rose knew she was a headstrong woman and loved her for it, but they also knew her personality could get her in more trouble than they’d like.
The two men snuck into her home, unaware of what they were about to encounter. Grandma Rose was not one to back away in the face of danger, even though she was an elderly woman. Was that wise?
Targeting The Elderly
Two local men had decided to retrieve valuables from the quiet neighborhoods, targeting homes belonging to the elderly. They thought it would be easy peasy.
They were not expecting what they would find. They would soon pick a far more difficult house than they initially thought.
What They Thought
They had chosen the wrong house, thinking that no one was home or they would be able to overcome whoever was inside. They thought their plans would go without a hitch.
They thought wrong. Grandma Rose was not one to back down and had something else up her sleeve. Targeting her home would be the biggest mistake of their lives.
The burglars forced their way inside Rose’s house with a crowbar and slowly entered until they reached the living room. They were looking for valuables.
At first, they thought no one was home as it was completely quiet, but the two would soon find out that Grandma Rose had something special prepared for them. As soon as she heard them, she decided to take action.
An Old Lady’s Resolve
Grandma Rose quickly withdrew to her bedroom, where she had hidden an old gift from her late husband in a box. It was the thing that would save her.
The old woman then headed to the living room and confronted the two men. When they saw her coming at them, the burglars froze on the spot. They thought the old lady must be crazy. But she wasn’t planning on letting anyone take her beloved treasures.
When Grandma Rose was face to face with the burglars, she pointed something at them and yelled to leave the things and go away. At first, they didn’t see what it was, but then they realized the old lady had a weapon.
The thing is that they were also armed, but once the old lady fired a shot, the two burglars freaked out and started running.
The old woman fired several rounds at the suspects while they fled the scene, hitting one of them. The suspect collapsed and passed away in the woman’s front yard.
The other man managed to get away by jumping a fence, and police subsequently initiated a search to apprehend him. Grandma Rose was not harmed in the break-in.
Making The News
The story of how Grandma Rose defended her home made the news all over the country. People who saw the story being shared on social media congratulated the old lady and said she did the right thing.
Rose was still shaken by the event, and she never intended for things to play out like that, considering that one of the burglars lost his life in the process. But when you decide to rob a house in Texas, that’s a risk you must consider. However, this type of scene happens more often than you may think.
Recently, Willie Murphy, an 82-year-old woman from Rochester, New York, protagonized a thrilling, yet humorous episode which earned her the admiration of everyone who heard her story.
However, it could have ended tragically. It was probably one of the most dangerous moments in Willie’s life. Only God knows what could have happened to her if she hadn’t reacted fast enough.
Rochester, New York
Willie Murphy is a well-known character in her neighborhood in Rochester, New York. She’s been living there all her life and is revered as one of the community’s elders. She’s always nice and kind to everyone she encounters, and all her neighbors love and respect her.
But that isn’t all the lady is known for. Mrs. Murphy has a certain hobby that makes her very different from most people her age.
At 82 years of age, Willie Murphy is an ardent powerlifting enthusiast. She’s won several awards, like the World Natural Powerlifting Federation of the Year award in 2014.
She also holds the national records in the bench for reps, the strict curl, and Ironmaiden categories. Despite being 5 feet tall and weighing 105 pounds, she can deadlift up to 225 pounds.
It Ain’t Easy
“Everybody is not able to power lift,” Murphy said. “A lot of older people, they’re into swimming, yoga, tai chi, various other things. But I guess I’m just unusual because I’m into natural powerlifting.”
Usually, she goes training at her local YMCA gym almost every day. However, there is something about the place that has always been somewhat irking to her.
The Only Woman
She’s the only senior citizen and the only woman who works out at that gym. “I was surprised that people were thinking that it was strange of me to be in the gym with mostly young men,” Murphy said.
However, she never let that circumstance discourage her. This is what she has told the media about her devotion for this discipline:
Stronger And Stronger
“But I kept getting stronger and stronger, and I don’t wear any belts, I don’t use chalk, and I don’t use the ammonia like other people when they compete in a competition. It just happened. I guess I’m just one of those things that nature has taken good care of me.”
And that’s not all. After she snatched several records for her age bracket in her 70s, the World Natural Powerlifting Generation had to create a whole new category just for her once she turned 80. However, Willie couldn’t imagine that one day, her hobby would save her life.
Late At Night
It was late at night in Rochester, and Willie had just finished washing the dishes after cooking and eating dinner by herself in front of the TV. Most of her nights were like that, and she didn’t have a problem with it.
She took solace in routine and the certainty that each day would finish the same way, with the same peace and quiet. However, that night would be different.
It happened a few minutes after Willie went to bed. After reading a few pages of a novel, she turned off the lights and lay down, expecting a night of deep slumber, just as usual.
But just a few minutes later, she heard something. Some noises were coming from the living room. “Probably something fell from the side table,” she thought, trying to ignore it and fall asleep. But then, she heard it again.
Banging On The Door
Instantly, she felt a chill down her spine. Now, there was no mistake: someone was banging on the door. The knocks were loud and violent, like whoever was calling was in distress.
Willie woke up, went to the living room, and walked towards the door while the person outside kept banging. “What’s going on?” Willie asked. Then, she heard someone hollering from the other side:
“Open the door! Call an ambulance!” a man hollered behind the door. “Who is this? What’s going on?” Murphy repeated. “Open the door! Please! An ambulance!” the man kept going on.
Murphy looked through the door’s peephole; the man didn’t look like the kind of person she would let into her house without asking questions. He was dressed in dark clothes, wearing a hood and a face mask. What if…?
Was It A Set Up?
What if he was trying to set her up and rob her? She decided to call the police and let them handle the issue. But the man kept hitting and hitting the door.
The strokes kept getting harder and harder. Eventually, he started charging against the door and ended up breaking through it; all the while, he kept yelling. And right then and there, all hell broke loose.
For a few seconds, Murphy became paralyzed with fear. Her heart was galloping, and her mind went blank. But immediately, her fight or flight response kicked in, and the anxiety became pure adrenaline. She was ready to take action.
She knew what to do. In a matter of seconds, she was ready to handle the issue by any means necessary.
Going To Work
“It’s kind of semi-dark, and I’m alone, and I’m old. But guess what, I’m tough,” she recounts. “He picked the wrong house to break into. I took that table, and I went to working on him. And guess what? The table broke.”
Then, the intruder tried to get up and charge back at Murphy. However, the 82-year-old was ready.
Murphy ran to the bathroom, got a bottle of shampoo, and poured it all over the man’s face, impairing his sight. After that, she hit him some more with a broom.
“He wants to get the heck out of there. And I’m trying to help him get out of the house, but he’s too heavy. I can’t move him. He’s dead weight.” Shortly after, the police, alerted by a neighbor who could hear all the noise coming from Murphy’s house, arrived at the scene.
Police Steps In
“The officers that came wanted to go on my front porch and take selfies with me,” she recounts with a smile on her face.
As the investigations revealed a few days later, it was, in fact, a setup: the man had been trying to make Murphy let her guard down so he could enter the house with his accomplice, who was hiding in a corner but ran away after he saw how the scene unfolded, and rob everything they saw. However, they didn’t know who they were dealing with.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.