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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Murder Most Rare: The Anna Mae Blessing Case

     In January 2018, 92-year-old Anna Mae Blessing moved into a condo in Fountain Hills, Arizona with her 72-year-old son Thomas Blessing and his 57-year-old girlfriend who owned the dwelling.

     Around nine-thirty in the morning of July 2, 2018, Thomas Blessing was in his mother's bedroom arguing with her over plans to send the elderly woman to an assisted living facility. She did not want to live in such a place and said so in no certain terms as the argument became heated. With her son's girlfriend looking on, Anna Mae Blessing pulled a handgun from the pocket of her robe and shot her son several times at close range. He died on the spot.

     After shooting her son to death, the old woman pointed the gun at her dead son's girlfriend who managed, following a brief struggle, to disarm her. At that moment Blessing pulled a second gun from her robe, a weapon the girlfriend knocked out of her hand.

     Once she had separated the elderly shooter from her weapons, the girlfriend called 911. At ten that Monday morning members of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office rolled up the the scene. The deputies found the 92-year-old sitting quietly in a reclining chair. As officers led the murder suspect from the condo in handcuffs, she said, to no one in particular, "You took my life, so I took yours."

     Officers booked the suspect into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault. A magistrate set her bail at $5000,000. At one point during her booking, the murder suspect said, "Put me to sleep." An official close to the case speculated that after murdering her son, Mrs. Blessing had planned to take her own life.

     By shooting her son to death, Anna Mae Blessing would experience the ultimate form of assisted living--prison, a fate a lot worse than an old folk's home, and even death.


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