I am Accused of Killing

It had been a quiet, but good day. I had felt less of the residual neck pain and headache from the shingles. I went to the laundromat. My clarinet lesson had gone well. I had done some cleaning.

My day went fine until some time after six.  I was in a t shirt and underwear and a woman came banging on my door wanting to buy pots in spite of having seen the closed sign.  I told her I was not selling pots and please put her five dogs in the car; they were bothering my dog and I did not want them bothering my cat or poultry.  She told me her dogs would not harm Oscar. 

She persisted on wanting to shop for pottery, and I said, “Look, my husband died, and I am not selling pottery. Go to the gallery in Cumberland” Then she started questioning me about Ken’s death, and I said I did not want to talk about it. She said I should talk about it, I needed to talk about it. I said I was not talking to her about it. 

I told her I found her behavior intrusive and rude and if she refused to get the five unruly dogs in her car and leave I would call the police.  A kitten then came out of her car and I asked her to get her animals in her car and leave as she obviously could not control them if they attacked my poultry.  I got Oscar inside, turned around and shut the door. 

Later I heard her banging on the door and yelling it was all my fault.  After she finally left and I went to open the front door to let in some air, there was a dead kitten on my threshold.  She had driven her car over it.  I buried the kitten and scrubbed the blood and feces off the threshold and steps. 

I guess I have to shut the gate now that it is summer… Why do I have to lock myself in?

If you plan on visiting me, please call and ask if I am up for a visit. Thanks


  1. Ahhh my dear friend, there are unstable people everywhere, a closed gate won’t lock you in, just keep the aimless ones at bay. Take it as a sign to protect yourself, like locking your to door when you go to bed. And a silent prayer of thanks to that random unstable woman for the reminder that you have to take caution now that you’re on your own. Not to be afraid or mistrustful, but to be prudent. Love you

  2. Keppers Pottery

    Thank you for putting it in perspective, Michelle. It left me rather shaky. I have woken this morning to my usual self. Most people are kind. And stable

  3. Oh my. She certainly had issues unrelated to you. And when she didn’t account for all her animals, and drove over the kitten, she had to blame you. Clearly it was not your fault. Yes, close the gate to keep the unstable folks away, and to keep yourself safe and sane. Take care of yourself.

  4. Judith that sounds like the beginning of a Steven King story…..so sorry for this awful persons intrusive abusive disgusting visit……??

  5. Joanie Frandrup

    So sorry that people have to be so rude. Judith you are doing so well keep up the good work!

  6. Judith, This incident is scarier than you think because of the possibility or even more likely the probability that a n deranged whacko could show up with a gun to amplify their request. I am not suggesting that you join the coalition of the armed but beware that an encounter with one is possible. Unfortunately they issue permits to people as deranged as the one you encountered. I am not a paranoid person. I sail waters that are known to have problems and I carry no firearms. Prudence has kept us from harm as far as I can tell. Be prudent, lock the gate. It’s a hassle for you but your piece of mind is paramount. Charlie

  7. Mary Tuchscherer

    This makes me so sad and angry and upset for you… you do not deserve such treatment, nobody does. While it is sad to think that we must lock out the crazies, it is the prudent thing to do… no amount of signage will discourage those with a screw loose. While Calling of the authorities may have escalated things, it may have gotten her off the street, out of a deadly weapon (her car), and into some treatment. I’m so sorry this happened, Judith… so sorry…

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