This is a story that is guaranteed to raise your blood pressure. If you don’t feel angry after reading it then something is wrong with you. I can’t make it any plainer.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 90 year old man was badly beaten while his 85 year old wife was beaten, raped, and killed by home invaders on March 14th.
Bob Strait of Tulsa, Okla., was hospitalized after a vicious March 14 robbery that killed his wife, 85-year-old Nancy Strait. She was beaten and raped in the attack.
The couple, who met on a blind date on Thanksgiving Day 1946, had been married for 65 years.
Police have one suspect in custody, but they believe as many as four others took part in the home invasion.
Mr. Strait, a WWII veteran, was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and jumped into Normandy on the night of June 5, 1944 as part of the D-Day invasion. After the war, he refused to accept veterans aid as he felt, according to his daughter, that “he was only doing his job, like everyone else.” He even turned down a Purple Heart during the war because he didn’t feel his injuries weren’t severe enough.
While the investigation is ongoing, the family is asking that a task force be formed to find the remaining four perpetrators of this heinous crime.
One of the Strait’s daughters, Lenore Gay, said the investigation is ongoing, but she is unhappy that Tulsa police have mustered nowhere near the resources in her parents’ case as those applied to a nationally reported shooting spree in Tulsa that occurred at around the same time.
Gay is hugely grateful for any financial help on behalf of her family, but has also asked members of the 101st Airborne Division Association to contact Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and ask that a task force be set up immediately to find the remaining suspects still at large in her parents’ case.
If you want to call Mayor Bartlett, his office phone is (918) 596-2100. He also can be contacted by email through this link.
It is damnable thing when some punk-ass thugs can invade the home of a man who put his life on the line almost 68 years ago for their freedom. That they would rape and murder his wife of 65 years is beyond the pale. I can’t think of a punishment too cruel or unusual for these thugs.