Santa Maria, California Talk about thinking twice about being a good samaritan! I understand when you do nice things for people, especially strangers, it’s not necessarily recognized nor appreciated. And with most good samaritans, that makes no difference in why they continue to help people. But I guarantee, the poor guy that came upon 69 year-old Frederick Holgate might tread a bit more cautiously next time he sees a man lying on the sidewalk. And lets face it, it really does speak highly of someone who would assist a person who was viewed as just being passed-out drunk. Hell, in the small city I live in, a young man was left to die on the sidewalk in the middle of winter because everyone who saw him thought he was just passed-out. Who knows? He may have lived had someone taken the time…but with Mr. Holgate, there was no question – he had injuries inconsistent with life.
As David Drazdic approached the man on the sidewalk, Mr. Holgate’s cane was laying along his body. He knew either he would be helping the man back onto his feet or calling an ambulance. Once he saw beyond the tipped hat he must have realized the coroner and a hearse would be the most appropriate call to place. Mr. Holgate had lost the entire right side of his head. While the police were actually the first to respond they pondered about a possible hit and run accident. But I think the bloody axe found a few feet from the body changed their minds definitively.
Within a short time, police received a call from a woman reporting her son (who had been reported as missing earlier) had returned home covered in blood. And guess what? 20 year-old Nicholas Bendle was arrested for suspicion of murder. The motive is still unclear at this time. Wonder if he’s sane enough to realize he shouldn’t have returned home all bloody?
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