Life imitating art in a horrible way

An account off the Web news: “He seized his gun because he thought he heard someone in his Florida home. Thinking his live-in partner was in bed, the 62-year-old fired at a figure in a dark hallway. He discovered too late he struck his partner, also 62, who he was due to marry the very next day. He called 911 in the early hours of Friday, moaning and sobbing, according to local newspaper reports. “Distraught”, he stood by while his fiancĂ©e was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to police.” So awfully reminiscent of an old song about men who reach for a gun:

Come all you young gallants that delight in a gun
Beware of your shooting at the setting of the sun

It happened one evening in a large shower of hail
When under a bower my love was concealed

He apron flew around her, I took her as a swan
And I shot my own darling at the setting of the sun

As I walked up to her and found it was she
My limbs they grew weary and my eyes couldn’t see

The ring on her finger, most bitterly I cried
O Molly, if you were living, you’d've been my fond bride

Her apron flew around her, I took her as a swan
And I shot my own darling at the setting of the sun

3 Responses to “Life imitating art in a horrible way”

  1. Suscipe Says:

    If he is to be believed…

  2. William Says:

    Why would one want to get married at 62?

  3. Jane Says:

    why not? Norman Cohn (historian) took a second wife when he was 90.

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