Monday, September 29, 2008

Home Invader Killed

The Indy Channel reports on the death of a would-be rapist.

A man who police said broke into a home with the intention of sexually assault a 17-year-old girl in her bedroom died early Sunday morning after a struggle with the girl's father.

David Meyers (pictured), 52, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after officers arrived following a report of a home invasion in the 3500 block of West 79th Street at about 3:20 a.m.

It seems Meyers, who had already served 10 years of a 20-year sentence for criminal confinement and sexual deviate conduct, entered the house with every intention of raping the teenager.

Indianapolis police Sgt. Matt Mount said Meyers had come into the home naked, except for a mask and latex gloves.

"He had rope, had a knife, had condoms, had a gag," Mount said.

I guess bringing a rope, knife, condoms and a gag to the scene is supposed to be proof of his intentions. What I'd like to know is, how exactly did he carry all that stuff while climbing through the window? Could all that rapist equipment be held in one hand while he pulled himself into the house with the other? Maybe he held the knife between his teeth.

In any case, the story is this: the evil sex offender climbed into the house, at 3:30 a.m., adrenalin pumping, wide awake. The father, Robert McNally, awoke out of a sound sleep by the sound of his daughter screaming and did what any father would do in this situation. He subdued the bad guy, who was ten years his junior and a hardened ex-con, and killed him with his bare hands. Now, I don't know about you, but to me this sounds preposterous. Maybe Mr. McNally was a tough 64 year-old karate expert who worked out at the gym three times a week, but it didn't say that in the article. Maybe he got lucky.

It seems to me there's more here than what's reported. Nevertheless, it brings up some good questions. Should more good guys be armed for home protection? Should sex-offenders be released after serving half their sentence? Is there something wrong with the sex-offender registering program? Can those guys ever be rehabilated?

What do you think?


  1. Best way to rehabilitate them is to compost them and use the compost to grow food that can be fed to cattle which can later be made into steaks that this father deserves for the rest of his life.

    Nothing in the world of criminal justice that can't be solved with the appropriate and judicious application of public flogging followed by execution and composting. They don't deserve the dignity of a burial.

  2. "Maybe Mr. McNally was a tough 64 year-old karate expert who worked out at the gym three times a week, but it didn't say that in the article. Maybe he got lucky."

    Fights are ugly things, and even if you'd think things might swing one way you never know. Lots of other factors come into play. Mr. Rapist I assume thought he wouldn't get caught, he's pluralized with fear, while Dad is enraged and filled with adrenaline.

    Also if Dad was able to get a quick knock to the jerk's head that probably could have stunned him for a half-second...long enough to constrict his airway enough that he wouldn't be able to recover any strength.

    This could have gone the other way...that's why I'll answer the midnight scream of terror with a gun.

  3. I've pre-empted the midnight scream with bars on the wondows.

  4. "I've pre-empted the midnight scream with bars on the wondows."

    Heh the crooks run free while you live in a Jail.

    Also with bars on the window the screams get a LOT worse when you have a house fire....

  5. You should go to Pretoria/Joburg/Durban/Luanda/Dar Es Salaam/ etc. sometime, Mikeb.

    Everybody has armed response security, CCTV cameras everywhere, electrified razor wire and burglar bars, and live in prisons they built for themselves.

    It'd show you the ultimate result of taking your approach to security. It's not pretty.

    Might I point out that there are many ways to get into a home besides through the doors and windows?

    My friend in Durban went on a scuba vacation last month and came back and the burglars had used a masonry saw to cut through a wall of his brick house since it was easier than getting past the burglar bars and steel doors.

  6. Mike,

    Did you consider the rapist simply put the stuff through the broken window before he climbed in?
    Or simply left the stuff on the sash outside, climbed in and retrieved the items?

    My grandfather worked on farms all his life, even into his late 60s he was stronger then my father who worked as an electronic tech in the Air Force. Lesson to be learned - don't mess with old men, they might not be able to take you in a fair fight, so they will just kill you.

    This is a case, in my mind, of the prison system failing. Half of sentence served, if he hadn't been released-would he been up to climbing in through windows at 62?