A break

Dateline: Fri 22 Mar 2013


The vehicle stolen from 67-year-old Thomas Tafft, who was murdered in his home a week ago at 76th and Harcourt, has been found at 42nd and Rookwood in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood.

This crime cuts close to home. There are no words to describe how sickened many of us were by the news -- a retired glazier and is wife are going thru their early morning routine: she's counting her pills (cancer) and they are drinking coffee. It's 6:30 a.m. A man enters thru an unlocked patio door. The wife flees to the bedroom with her cell phone. The husband is shot and killed.

For some reason -- political correctness? -- the story has gotten scant media play. (The Star won't even print the race of the man being sought -- a black male wearing a hoodie.)

I understand that this is one of many senseless murders that take place in Indianapolis and central Indiana on a regular basis. I also think the home invasion aspect puts it in an especially upsetting light. The callousness of the shooter -- killing a guy who was probably defenseless and no real threat -- is the most troubling aspect.

Maybe now, with the vehicle found, the cops will break the case and make an arrest.

In the meantime, keep your doors locked. Always.


hendy [Member] said:

It's really sad. The color of the victim or the perp isn't so much important as the crime itself, and how to protect from it-- and how to use it as an example to deter further ones. The differential between the haves and the have-nots is becoming huge, and some of the have-nots just don't care any more-- just like some of the haves. We need to get "care" back into the equation.

2013-03-22 14:10:23

Whitebeard [unverified] said:

I couldn't agree more with you on your main points, Hendy.

But I do wonder about this policy The Star has now of not identifying suspected criminals by racial physical appearance. It would seem that every bit of a physical description (released to the public) might help police to track down the person.

The majority of people in urban areas who are innocent victims of crime are members of racial minorities.

2013-03-22 14:47:56

duke [unverified] said:

Locking the doors isn't enough. Keep a shotgun handy and teach Granny how to use it.

2013-03-22 17:09:37

hendy [Member] said:

Yeah, guns are going to work really well when you blow the meter reader away. Or your neighbor that wants to borrow a cup of sugar. If you're not safe with home locks, you're no safer with a shotgun.

2013-03-22 18:13:07

Matt Stone [unverified] said:

I assume you mean the scant coverage is specific to the Star. RTV6 definitely reported on the story last night, including a description of the man they're seeking. I think Fox 59 has as well.

2013-03-23 10:51:12

Matt Stone [unverified] said:

I kind of find it odd that they identify Angie Mansfield as a neighbor and not indicate that she's also a City-County Councilor.

2013-03-23 10:53:15

Gail [unverified] said:

I have to wonder if anyone's looked into the possibility that the victim knew his attacker. Is this a situation where the victim thought he was helping another person who wanted to help himself to more of the victim's belongings? Few violent crimes are committed against complete strangers.

Our house was broken into 7 years ago and we narrowed the suspects down to some kids who lived down the street or someone who went to school with our oldest son, then in middle school. They wanted tennis shoes and Xboxes and that's what they got. We got a Rottweiler. Stop by anytime.

2013-03-23 11:08:26

Jason [unverified] said:

Don't devolve this atrocity into some debate over haves and have-nots. The idea that this elderly couple should expect to be preyed upon because they had the audacity to live in a house and have a car in their driveway is despicable. Not all haves deserve or should expect to be victimized and we should never give have-nots an excuse to be criminals. That's shameful.

We lock our doors AND have a shotgun in the closet. Not because we're scared, but because we know.

2013-03-24 13:07:34

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