And give Granny a medal.
LinkHer daughter says he 'made a choice'
Jacksie King and Larry Tillman lived only seven blocks from each other on Gaty Avenue, but they lived worlds apart.
"Our family is sorry that he lost his life," said King's daughter, Pamela P. Clark. "But he made the choice to take his own life by not leaving and by climbing into her home. From the appearance of the door, if he had gained entry to the house, the outcome may have been different."
Last week, the 87-year-old King pulled the trigger of a gun that family members gave her to protect herself and fatally shot Tillman, 49. He pried the security bars off her window and was trying to come in. His body was found on the front porch the next morning when Clark arrived to check on her mother.
Jail records show Tillman was found guilty of 21 of 25 cases filed against him.
He was charged with his first felony, unlawful restraint, in the 1980s. In 1990, Tillman was found guilty of a residential burglary in East St. Louis and was sentenced to six years in state prison. In 1995, he was charged with two counts of armed robbery. The charges were reduced to robbery and he was sentenced to five years in prison. In 1998, Tillman received six years in prison for residential burglary. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2001 after being charged with two counts of residential burglary.
King has lived in the house at 2101 Gaty Ave. most of her life. Tillman lived in the 1400 block of Gaty, and King's family believes he may have been the same man who in December broke into her house, ransacked it, beat her and stole money.
They gave her the gun after that attack.
"We keep talking to her, telling her there was nothing else she could do. She knows there was nothing else she could do," Clark said.
Illinois State Police are awaiting lab results, expected to take more than a month, before making a final report to prosecutors about whether King acted in self-defense.
The neighborhood where King lived was once beautiful, before security bars made the houses look like jails. The neighborhood boasted manicured, well-kept lawns in front of neat homes.
"This is the same neighborhood where in the 1950s and '60s where you could go outside and play ball, ride bicycles, shoot marbles with your friends, play hop scotch, jump rope all day and into the evening if you wanted to, or walk the streets at night and not worry about crime and violence," she said.
"There were no drive-by (shootings). You could go next door and visit without locking your door.... Now, if you go next door, you'd better lock your door or you might come back and find somebody there."
I hope slow driving grannies don't have guns in their car or I'm in trouble if I overtake them.
I remember watching "Rescue 911" with a bunch of other military guys back in the 1980's and they were reporting on a elderly woman who called 911.
She reported that someone was breaking into her home. She had gone to the bedroom and locked the door and you could hear the burglar breaking through the front door and then pounding on the bedroom door.
"Oh, My Lord! He's breakin' in! He's breakin' in!"
There was some muffled profanities and the guy was saying he was "gonna get you!"
All the while she's on the phone with the 911 operator.
She begins screaming..."he's in the room!!! he's in the room!"
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Operator: "MA'AM! ARE YOU ALRIGHT?!?"
Old Lady: "Yes! I shots him! I shots! him!"
Operator: "You SHOT THE BURGLAR?!?"
Old Lady: "Yes! I shots him!"
In the background you hear this moaning sound.
Her husband had died several years earlier and had always kept a small revolver in the nightstand. She had never fired the gun before.
Everyone in the room watching the show was cheering for the old lady.
Good for her.
Im have become involved with a elderly lady in much the same situation. In the last 4 years 3 people have been shot and killed with in 100ft of her house. One day I came over and she related to me about how the day before she was working in her backyard and looked up and a guy was coming out of her back door, he had gone in and stolen money out of her purse. Another time she showed me the size 11 foot print on her front door where they tried to kick it in.
The number of elderly that have been viciously bashed in home invasions is alarming.
Criminal mindset especally picks on the old and frail. Im glad to see granny was packing and wasted the trash.
What was interesting was the fact that she had never fired a gun before in her life. She remembered that her husband had kept the gun in the nightstand and went for it. From the commentary in the background she clearly would have been killed had that scumbag gotten to her. I wouldn't have believed it if we hadn't been listening to the actual 911 recording.
Articles on home defense have mentioned that a revolver is the better choice for the elderly or for those who don't know that much about weapons.
Happened before I was born but in 1984 my dads great uncle was jumped by teen girls....they beat him down hard and took 7 dollars from his pocket....
He was 84 and simply stepped out to get his mail.
About a year before a man in....what he thought was a City Water Works uniform knocked on his door saying he was doing random tap water tests in the neighborhood....even had a clipboard...what he thought was a small sampling kit...and a fake nametag.
He got inside and robbed him of pretty much anything worth over 5 dollars in the entire house. Cleaned out years of family memories and keepsakes.
There should be a special level of hell for scum like this.
Interesting she did what I would have done. My grandmother had a man expose himself to her threw a window. She ran for her shotgun and told him to get away and he ran and the police never caught the guy.