Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Yard Obsession Drives Man to Kill Teenager

I think every neighborhood has that person who is obsessed with their yard. You know the type of which I speak, they spend hours upon hours mowing, trimming, edging, and sometimes to get detailed precession, they even go to the extreme of using hand held scissors to trim grass to the “perfect” height. We have a couple of folks in our general neighborhood that come close to such “yard obsession”.

Gardening is a healthy hobby and everyone appreciates a nice and appealing yard. That said some people take the entire matter a little too seriously. Fox has an unbelievable story up about just such a person, and how his obsession over the yard drove him to kill. Per Fox:

A man who neighbors say was devoted to his meticulously kept lawn was charged with murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy who apparently walked across his yard…….

Larry Mugrage, whose family lived next door, was shot in the chest with a shotgun. The high school freshman was pronounced dead at a hospital………………………

Gardening ceases to be a healthy hobby obviously, when it causes someone to become so obsessed and so protective that they would shoot a kid for walking on the grass……….Sounds like it might be time for lots of interventions in lots of neighborhoods for those suffering from “yard obsession”…..