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Thread #57072   Message #896158
Posted By: Bat Goddess
22-Feb-03 - 06:34 PM
Thread Name: Why are some instruments slated?
Subject: RE: Why are some instruments slated?
Who says certain instruments shouldn't not only be licensed, but should require a 2-week cooling off period?!?

I've been carrying around a newspaper clipping for about 10 years (circa 1990). I can't remember who gave it to me and it's not identified as to date or newspaper, but it was the written by the Cox News Service and took place in West Milton, Ohio.

Man accused of killing wife with banjos

Cox News Service

WEST MILTON, Ohio -- A 63-year-old man bludgeoned his wife to death Wednesday morning with a pair of banjos, deputies said.

"I've been an officer for 30 years, and that's the first banjo killing I've seen," said Miami County Chief Deputy Charles Price. "It's just kind of bizarre."

Edward Benson has been charged with aggravated murder and was being held in the Miami County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond. Price said Benson beat his wife, Katie, with the musical instruments in their home around 5 a.m.

"She was beaten with a banjo in the head. When it was destroyed, a second banjo was used," Price said. "Pretty gruesome."

The woman died en route to Stouder memorial Hospital in Troy.

Authorities aren't sure what led to the beating. Price said deputies hadn't any other domestic violence complaints at the home in recent years.

Ralph Wolfe, whose house in front of the Bensons'. Said Benson had told him he played the banjo in a bluegrass band. "It's been some years back, but he asked me to listen to the radio to hear them play" on a local radio station, Wolfe recalled.