Wednesday, November 01, 2006

"The first time John M. Shirley and Mallori Scott tried to escape from the armed intruder, he caught them and pistol-whipped them. The second time they tried, he shot them and then stabbed them. The intruder was Scott's ex-boyfriend, Anthony Lee Burdis. Yesterday, Burdis, 38, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for killing Shirley and to malicious wounding for nearly killing Scott inside her Fair Lakes apartment in November.... Burdis and Scott had broken up about six weeks before the attack...Burdis smashed a rear window and broke into Scott's two-level apartment. When Scott and Shirley arrived about 10 p.m., Burdis was waiting in the upstairs bathroom with a gun, Scott testified at a hearing in December. The armed man ordered Scott and Shirley downstairs to her living room... Scott crawled toward Burdis, begging him not to do anything.
Then Scott reached out, pushed the gun away from Burdis toward Shirley and darted upstairs into the bathroom while the men struggled for the gun. She dialed 911. "While I was on the phone," Scott said, "I heard John say, 'No, no, no.' And then I heard three gunshots." Burdis then came upstairs and forced his way into the bathroom. He asked whom she had called, Scott said, then shot her in the side of the head, though she was only grazed. She collapsed. Burdis went back downstairs, then returned and stabbed her in the chest and neck, causing permanent damage to her lungs and face, Morrogh said..About 45 minutes later, Burdis was arrested, hiding behind the Target department store in the Fair Lakes shopping center. When detectives interviewed Burdis, Morrogh said, Burdis said he didn't know how Shirley had been shot. Told that Shirley had been stabbed 19 times, Burdis reportedly said: "I guess that is a little excessive. . . . I should have stopped." These excerpts are from a Washington Post article written June 13, 2006 by Tom Jackman. While this crime appears to be the story of a disgruntled and jaded ex-lover, I am shocked by the excessiveness of it and the absolute premeditation that occured. Burdis was waiting for his ex and her boyfriend when they came home. He had a gun and readily used a knife. It seems like a crime that someone would have to have been temporarily insane to commit, yet when questioned about the 19 stab wounds found on Shirley, Burdis simply admitted that it was excessive and that he should have stopped! One thing this article is missing is a profile of Burdis. We are not told the he was a likeable next-door neighbor or always ready to help if needed, we are not told that he was angry or a loner, we are not even told his job. I wonder why this type of information was left out of the article and I wonder how well anyone can really evaluate a crime if not given at least a rough personality sketch of the suspect.

1 comment:

Megan Skorupa said...

Wow. How appropriate with all this discussion of unprocessed loss leading to dysfunctional melancholics with greater propensities for drastic retaliation and violence. Obviously Eileen Wade's story isn't as overblown as we all might like to think. Romantic disappointments, no matter how mundane or trivial, have lethal consequences for some individuals whose nature's seem to be so tenuously held back from the brink of inhumanity. Do we all need to take a course in "Drama-free Dating" along with Sex Ed in order to control this problem?