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Nurse, 51, Kills Intruder With Bare Hands

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posted on Sep, 8 2006 @ 08:52 PM
51 year old nurse Susan Kuhnhausen came home shortly after 6pm from work and found an intruder in her home armed with a hammer. In the conflict that follwed, the nurse got hold of the intruders neck and strangled the intruder. The intruder had been arrested numerous times, one time for"conspiracy to commit aggravated murder". The nurse may have had an advantage though, the intruder was 5'9" and 180 pounds, and the nurse was 5'7" and 260 pounds.
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -- 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.

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.

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Chalk one up for the "good guys". Things could have turned out a lot worse for her if he had caught her by surprise.

Luckily this occured in Oregon where there is a law that states "people can use reasonable deadly force when defending themselves against an intruder or burglar in their homes".

[edit on 9/9/06 by Keyhole]

[edit on 9/9/06 by Keyhole]

posted on Sep, 9 2006 @ 01:50 AM
Big thumbs up to her. I'm sure the idiot intruder never took into consideration that a woman could kill him, and was caught off guard. And being a nurse, I'm sure she had knowledge of pressure points, which helped her strangle this intruder. Chalk one up for the good guys! GO NURSE!

posted on Sep, 9 2006 @ 01:51 PM
Right on!

That's justice for all ... the felon had a long record and should have been executed years before anyway. Don't ever believe that a person that returns to jail more than twice can ever become a proper citizen, they have criminal behavior ingrained in them and nothing psychologists and psychiatrists or even scientologists can do will change that behavior.

posted on Sep, 9 2006 @ 02:09 PM
Good for her

No matter what your outlook on "killing" is, when fight or flight kicks in....we're all killers. It's only natural.

It's pathetic that people with "conspiracy to commit aggravated murder" charges or whatever under their belt get a couple years behind bars before being released back in to society, but pot smokin tree huggers get much more.....really is pathetic, imo.


posted on Sep, 9 2006 @ 02:20 PM
Good on her! It's good to hear some good news now and then, eh?

That reminds me, I have to go eat some waffles!

posted on Sep, 10 2006 @ 09:53 PM
Great job on defending herself and her property! Person tried to break in, and she had the right to defend herself because she was threatened.

posted on Sep, 16 2006 @ 09:27 AM
It appears now that the guy was a hitman hired by her ex husband to kill her.

But after an investigation, police now say the intruder Kuhnhausen strangled was apparently a hit man hired by her estranged husband -- Michael James Kuhnhausen Sr. -- to kill her.

The 58-year-old husband was taken into custody Thursday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Haffey had worked as a custodian under Kuhnhausen at an adult video store, according an affidavit filed by the Multnomah County District Attorney's office.

Kuhnhausen and his wife were in the process of getting a divorce, and she told officers "her husband was distraught about the divorce and wanting to reconcile but that she was insisting on the divorce," the affidavit states.

posted on Sep, 16 2006 @ 04:58 PM
Can you imagine? Its good she was able to kill her attacker!

But now that she knows her husband hired a hitman, he better pray she never gets her hands on him!

[edit on 9/16/06 by makeitso]

posted on Sep, 18 2006 @ 11:36 AM
Good for her! I think that one of the reasons crime is so high is because the criminals really don't have anything to fear. But if more and more people begin 'protecting' their homes, you would have fewer in-home assaults because the criminals will think twice before attacking, or even breaking into the home for that matter - they won't know if the person inside is ready to use deadly force.

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