Tuesday, November 3, 2009

In the News


Yesterday in my local paper, The Providence Journal, there was an article that really gave me the creeps. Robert Croft,who is 74 years old, has built a working guillotine which now sits in his driveway. That's right. A guillotine that works! Did he build this as a Halloween prop? No! He built it because he is so upset about all the child abductions and murders. He thinks the people who commit these crimes should be publicly beheaded. He feels so strongly about this that he hired a carpenter and spent $900 to build his very own guillotine. This is certainly an extreme reaction, but not necessarily something that would raise too many red flags. Though a working guillotine, in a place where someone could actually access it and use it, is troublesome. Where the heck are the cops?

Anyway, that isn't even the creepiest part. The creepiest part is this guy's obsession with these abduction/murder cases. He knows the names, dates, locations and all the gory details of all these cases. He seems obsessed with thinking about what happened to these innocent little girls. He seems to be overly concerned about his own 6 great granddaughters and protecting them. Now THIS raises all kinds of red flags for me. I think this guy is nuts and possibly dangerous himself. At the very least the authorities should make him put his guillotine in a safe place. Before someone or some animal gets hurt. This is a dangerous piece of equipment with, according to Mr. Croft, a $300 specially made stainless steel blade, cut at angle and sharpened. There is something really wrong about this.

EDIT: Oh and I forgot to mention this. If anyone decides to go along with Mr. Croft's idea of a public beheading, he has gallantly offered to be the executioner. Why not? He already has the equipment. Regulation blade and all.

Photo from Providence Journal/Kathy Borchers

8 comments:

Sandy said...

You miss the paper ONE day.....

I think he's gone off the deep end a little. He lives right across from his town's high school. Seems to me having something like that blade unattended in the public is against some law or town ordinance. I bet there will now be an outcry which will cause him to either move it to somewhere secure or remove that blade. That's an accident waiting to happen.

Anita said...

That seems a bit extreme! I agree with Sandy, that is an accident waiting to happen. Talk about your vigilante justice, they need to watch this guy.

Book Lady said...

He's got that thing out in the open across from a High School! WTH!? That guy is flippin' nuts!

Tammy Howard said...

No, no, no - this is scary. And absolutely dangerous. I'll third it: An accident waiting to happen. And a creepy obsession. Nope. Don't like how this makes my tummy feel at all...

Karen said...

Heck, at least he's on the right side of justice.

It is pretty creepy, though. And just begging for a major catastrophe.

Gamma Sharon said...

It does seem like an accident waiting to happen. Very irresponsible of that man to leave it sitting in his driveway. But if you have had anyone in your family that this crime has happened to, you might feel different. I'm speaking from experience!

Confessions Of A Working Mom said...

I wish I could say Mr. Croft was the only nutcase out there creating home-made guillotines... but he's not! We ran a news story locally last year about a man who was transporting his self-made guillotine around our state, in support of candidates who wanted to "chop" taxes. Um, attention crazies, there is a **better** way to attract the news media!

~Elizabeth
http://confessionsfromaworkingmom.blogspot.com

Bethany said...

Oh my gosh...that's so scary.

 

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