Another update to a previous story. This one has an interesting angle…
Brenda Nicholas was the “mastermind” who plotted to kill a 70-year-old Navy veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient for months because she wanted to get her hands on his valuable coin and uncut bill collection, a crime she and two accomplices carried out with extreme brutality, King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom said Friday.
“The motive behind this murder was solely greed,” Carlstrom told Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle during Nicholas’ sentencing hearing for the December 2011 stabbing death of Francis “Patrick” Fleming inside his unit at the Four Freedoms senior apartments in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood.
In addition to orchestrating Fleming’s slaying, Nicholas attempted to kill and rob another elderly man on the same day Fleming was killed, Carlstrom said. She was also charged with more than 50 criminal counts for a variety of thefts, with most of the counts related to bilking a woman in her 80s out of $1 million. Nicholas also stole from at least three landlords she rented properties from, said Carlstrom.
Her defense? She was raised as a “gypsy”. The Defense attorney blamed Nicholas’ Romani upbringing since she was “frankly, raised to steal, taught to steal.” Nicholas can not read, was supposedly a victim of domestic violence and the money she stole was said to be given to her family for medical bills. She was sentenced to a little over 34 years in prison. This is an astounding tale of the trail of crime from this woman. How much blame do we place on the Romani (gypsy) culture that is responsible for the rash of psychic-related crimes across the country? They don’t seem to be killing people for money, though. This case was extreme.
Here is another case where this where the culture was used as a defense. Education is not a priority so stealing is the way to make money. They even claim that the culture is a religion which should be protected.
Tip: Chris Haynes