No Problem With Mindset Here!

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Apr 17, 2004
Now that is what I call a tough nurse

Nurse Strangles Intruder With Bare Hands

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September 08,2006 | PORTLAND, Ore. -- A nurse returning from work discovered an intruder armed with a hammer in her home and strangled him with her bare hands, police said.

Susan Kuhnhausen, 51, ran to a neighbor's house after the confrontation Wednesday night. Police found the body of Edward Dalton Haffey 59, a convicted felon with a long police record.

Police said there was no obvious sign of forced entry at the house when Kuhnhausen, an emergency room nurse at Providence Portland Medical Center, got home from work shortly after 6 p.m.

Under Oregon law people can use reasonable deadly force when defending themselves against an intruder or burglar in their homes. Kuhnhausen was treated and released for minor injuries at Providence.

Haffey, about 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, had convictions including conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, robbery, drug charges and possession of burglary tools. Neighbors said Kuhnhausen's size -- 5-foot-7 and 260 pounds -- may have given her an advantage.

"Everyone that I've talked to says 'Hurray for Susan,' said neighbor Annie Warnock, who called 911. "You didn't need to calm her. She's an emergency room nurse. She's used to dealing with crisis."
Mixed emotions.

On one hand, I get a twisted sort of jolly trying to imagine the last thoughts going through this nimrods head.

On a far more realistic and serious note, I feel very sorry that she had to go through that and will likely need some serious counseling to straighten her mind out. Killing someone is hard, being forced to do it literally with your bare hands has got to be a mind bender.
In a very odd sense she may be better off than most. Nurses see bodies at all both ends of the life cycle and some pretty unpleasant points in between. If she's like most of the ER nurses I've met or worked with she's already at least a little used to people wounded or dying. And she's probably mentally and emotionally tougher than tool steel. It's still a hard thing, but odds are she'll come through OK.
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