An 89-year-old woman is suing a Minnesota nursing home for punitive damages because she was forced to spend 72 hours in a mental health unit after she reported that she was raped by 30-year-old Andrew Scott Merzwski. According to court documents, the woman was a resident at Edgewood Vista senior living facility near Duluth the night that Merzwski entered her room as she was preparing for bed and began taking off his clothes when she invited him to stay and watch a movie. Though she refused his advances, Merzwski later admitted to having sex with her after the victim’s daughter called the police. Merzwski was eventually sentenced to 53 months in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for a period of 10 years.
But the remaining issue is Edgewood Vista’s egregious mishandling of the crime, which included not only failing to report the crime to police immediately, but mistreating the victim. After the elderly victim reported the rape, Edgewood Vista responded by sending her to a psychiatric ward at St. Luke’s Hospital for nearly three days, where, according to the nurse who eventually examined her, she was locked in a cold room with nothing but a blanket. When nurse examiner Theresa Flesvig finally was able to do a physical examination, she found the “biggest tear” as a result of rape that she had ever seen in her career. Keep reading »
I think I might have found someone who tops the mom of two who robbed a bank and then went to pick up her kids a school. Meet, Sandra Bathke, the 70-year-old woman in Minnesota who robbed a bank in December by holding a hammer in her coat and pretending it was a gun. Check out the interview with her above. “I never touched the money, I never smelled the money,” she said. “[The teller] put in my bag and I said, ‘Thank you’ to her before I turned around and walked out the door. There were times when I went, ‘What am I doing?’ Didn’t dawn on me to stop.” Then Bathke laughs. Keep reading »
Meet Bill, Ann, and Joe. They’re three sassy seniors who hang out at Sulimay’s, a restaurant in in the working class Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and occasionally review records. On today’s docket: new releases from Girl Talk and Sufjan Stevens. [YouTube
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First day back at work after the long weekend and looking for something to pick you up? Try this heartwarming tale of Jean Stevens, 91, who had her dead husband and twin sister dug up days after they were buried and then lived with their bodies. This simultaneously fascinating and stomach-churning story comes to you straight out of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, where these sorts of things happen, apparently. She stuck the embalmed corpse of her husband of 60 years, James, on the sofa in the garage (he died 10 years ago), and she put her sister, June, dressed in her “best housecoat,” in a spare room (June died last October). Jean regularly went in and put makeup on June and sprayed perfume on her. “This way, I could touch her and look at her and talk to her,” Jean explained. Eventually, though, she got busted; no one knows who tipped off the police. “She’s no weirdo,” one neighbor explained. She simply didn’t like the idea of death, Jean said. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
As evidenced by the amazingness that was “Jersey Shore,” when you take a group of semi-attractive, outgoing people, put them in a sun-drenched environment and add in loads of alcohol, crazy things happen—mainly lots of hook-ups, oodles of fights, and a seriously questionable hot tub. Apparently, the same is true whether we’re talking about a group of 20-something guidos or a gang of senior citizens. WeTV’s new show, “Sunset Daze,” follows a group of 60-plusers living in Surprise, Arizona—one of the biggest retirement communities in the country. And the cast of the show looks every bit as scandal-tastic as J-Woww, Pauly D and crew. There’s Gail, a 70-something former actress from New York with big hair that would make Snooki jealous. There’s Ann, an Irish ex-nun who talks about her sexual exploits and goes skydiving. There’s Jack, who goes by the nickname “Mr. Romeo” (take that, The Situation) because he’s single and ready to mingle. And there’s Sandy, a member of the Blue Thong Society—whatever that is—who has a matching tattoo with her daughter and always orders a “double Pinot Grigio.” I know I’ll be watching the premiere on Apr. 28. How about you? [NY Daily News, WE TV] Keep reading »
In honor of national Seniors Week in Melbourne, Australia, grandpas and grandmas will receive lots of great perks and discounts to celebrate their vivacity, wisdom, and … sex lives. Screw the early bird special, salacious seniors Down Under can show their card and receive discounts on, err, sexual services. From October 4 to 11 some local brothels aligned with Australian Adult Entertainment will offer markdowns of up to 50 percent on services for seniors. What a deal! AAEI spokesman William Albon says, “Many senior members of the community already use our member’s services, whether visiting a brothel or having an escort visit their place of residence, including aged care residential centers.” A prostitute in a nursing home? Not a visual I’m totally comfortable with but, yes, in case you were wondering, old people need action, too. [Moorabin Glen Eira Leader] Keep reading »
How we missed this cuteness in last weekend’s New York Times, we have no idea. Rowland Fellows, 84, and Beth Ashley, 83, met when they were 13 and 12 years old, respectively, and their families were both vacationing in Five Islands, ME. Back then, they were friends, but Ashley had a major crush on Fellows. “I thought he was very, very cute,” she said. “I kept wishing he would kiss me and become my boyfriend. It was a little girl crush, but it was very serious on my part.” They saw each other every summer for four years, but crush never developed into anything. “I guess I just wasn’t a very romantic young man,” Mr. Fellows told the Times. “But Beth was sort of a tomboy, and I looked at her as more of a buddy.” Poor Ashley had been relegated to the virtually inescapable friend zone. Keep reading »
In 1993 a Harvard study looked at a random sample of more than 400,000 couples in which both members were between 67 and 99 years old. Nine years later, researchers checked back in with the couples to find that 21 percent of the men and 43 percent of the women had lost their spouses — and a small portion of these newly single seniors had been diagnosed with an STD.
The women who had lost their husbands weren’t found to be at a significantly higher risk for STDs after their partners died, but the widowers had a 16 percent higher risk of being infected during the six months to a year after their wives died. What did they do, start picking up women at the cemetery when they paid visits to their dead wives’ graves? The men certainly took advantage of their newfound freedom — or, perhaps getting busy was simply their way of dealing with grief. [Newswise] Keep reading »