Magazine article The New American

Crazed Attacker Goes on Rampage

Magazine article The New American

Crazed Attacker Goes on Rampage

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On Wednesday, November 3 at 1:30 a.m., David Oeser of Eliot, Maine, was listening to the election results when he heard someone pounding loudly on his locked front screen door. Thinking that it might be his son, Oeser opened the interior house door and saw a 6' 2", 330-pound stranger standing there.

Oeser told the November 5 Portsmouth Herald that the man, later identified as Mark Murphy, "was acting crazy ... yelling about the election or something. The next I know, he's hollering he's going to get me. I swear he was acting like Hannibal Lecter; he was crazy." When Murphy tried to break through the screen door, Oeser slammed the other door and began yelling, "Go away, please leave."

Murphy ignored his pleas and kept trying to break in, and when Oeser noticed that his house door was buckling, he ran to his bedroom, shut his door, and loaded his pistol. Oeser later recalled that as he finished loading his pistol, "the door crashed in." Oeser pleaded with Murphy to get him to leave, saying, "Just go home, forget all about this, just go away," and, "stop or I will shoot."

But Murphy just kept coming, and so Oeser fired, striking Murphy in the chest. Incredibly, even after being shot, Murphy continued his attack on Oeser, punching him in the head and torso and grabbing for his gun. The two men struggled briefly until Murphy fell and hit the bed. Oeser then grabbed the gun and fled into the kitchen to call 911.

After the altercation was over, Oeser was sorry that he had to shoot Murphy, but he also knew that he didn't have a choice: "It was the look in his eyes. …

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