Earlier this month, on Thanksgiving, a woman from Minnesota murdered one of her guests after she caught him smoking crack at the dinner table just as they were all getting ready to eat. Apparently, she became upset and ultimately killed him because he didn’t ask if it was okay and, more importantly, didn’t offer her any.
Specifically, Anenia Marie Hare, a 47-year-old woman living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was recently arrested and charged with “second-degree murder” for killing 69-year-old Edward Caliph, who she had invited over to her apartment for Thanksgiving, after she “looked over and saw the victim lighting up a crack pipe” at the dinner table before they started to eat their Thanksgiving meal. According to reports, upon seeing what he was doing, Hare immediately became enraged because he didn’t ask for her permission to do so and didn’t ask if she wanted any.
But instead of kicking the drugged-up guest out of her apartment, she “grabbed an antenna and butcher knife, stood in front of her apartment door, and told [him that] he wasn’t allowed to leave…in an attempt to be dominating.” Fearing for his life, Caliph started shouting for neighbors to call 911. Desperate to escape alive, he then grabbed a nearby vacuum and used it to break one of her windows.
Hare, however, was determined to hold Caliph against his will. Still armed with a knife, she approached and grabbed him by the shoulders. A brief altercation then ensued as he fought to wrestle the knife out of her hand, ending with Hare falling on top of him.
After landing face-down on the ground, Caliph reportedly “started snoring.” Soon after losing consciousness, emergency personnel showed up to the apartment and took him to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
When police asked what happened, Hare allegedly told police, “I put his a** to sleep. I just grabbed him by the front and he went down. To me, it just felt like I put him in a sleeper hold or something.” A subsequent autopsy later concluded that the cause of death was “homicidal violence.”
As a consequence, Hare was taken into custody. She’s currently being held on a $500,000 bail at the Hennepin County Jail.
Sadly, Caliph wasn’t the only person tragically killed on Thanksgiving. In Virginia, for instance, a man was taken into custody on Thanksgiving and charged with “three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony” for killing three of his family members.
Specifically, police officers in Chester, Virginia arrested Christopher Gattis, a 58-year-old youth pastor, for reportedly shooting his wife, stepdaughter, and stepdaughter’s boyfriend to death. The victims have since been identified as Jeanett Gattis, the 58-year-old mother; Candice “Candy” Kunze, her 30-year-old daughter, and Andrew Buthorn, Kunze’s 36-year-old boyfriend.
Unsurprisingly, the incident completely took his neighbors by surprise. “My wife heard some strange noise. She was like, what is that noise, you know. Then it was a gunshot. Pow,” mentioned neighbor Mike Brown, who admitted that he never would’ve thought that Gattis was capable of such a horrific crime. “Never seen that in him. He was always a gentle guy,” he explained.
Following the shooting, the Grace Lutheran Church, where Gattis was a “ministries coordinator for middle school and high school students,” released a statement sharing how sadness the incident has made their members. In it, they said, “members of Grace Lutheran Church are deeply saddened by the loss of life last night as a result of three individuals being shot in Chester, and this tragedy included members of Grace Lutheran Church.”