Carmelita Kaser was at home that Easter Sunday when Jeffery Nichols, 22, and Christopher Lewis, 18, entered her home in an attempt to steal her car. According to court documents and one of the murderer’s admissions, they slashed Ms. Kaser in the neck with a “machete-type knife” shoplifted just hours before, then beat her with the butt of a pistol. These two losers, one of them a parolee with recent reports of breaking his parole (then bonding out of jail), robbed Ms. Kaser and stole her vehicle. Ms. Kaser was still alive so they shot her dead. Her vehicle was found abandoned and on fire only a short time later. The men were arrested the next day, and Lewis pleaded guilty to 19 felony charges, sentenced to three consecutive 30-year sentences. Nichols' trial is set for later this year.
Kaser had five children, 14 children, and 4 great-grandchildren.She was a widow from a marriage that lasted over 40 years. A pious woman, she was a devout Christian, volunteering for her church, visiting nursing homes residents to read the Bible with them, and spending a lifetime hosting pastors and evangelists from around the nation. She was a friend, a grandmother, a parent, a widow. She was much loved.
The case made the local news in Missouri, with occasional news flashes about the perpetrators, and less information about the victim. Typical.
No one was protesting in the street waving signs with angry messages. No special interest groups were demanding, arguing, or banging down the doors of legislation about crimes against the elderly, or screaming into news cameras about a 92-year-old woman’s horrific murder at the hands of two thugs.
I understand we pick our battles. I understand “all lives matter.” I know all too well how the thugs go to prison and the family must carry on; despite the killers being locked up that loved one is gone forever. And I personally know how the media chooses what stories will outrage the nation. How the general public is more interested in the Kardashians and the Super Bowl and other crap that will never affect us personally, but we also need to be entertained and to have fun in life. We must recognize government corruption and racism in order to stop both. Yet …
Mostly, I know a helpless, kind-hearted, innocent grandmother, a 92-year-old woman, was slashed and beaten. And no group protested, no one created a social media blurb, or rallied to create awareness. We just read the articles, said “how awful,” and moved on.