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The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, 6/21/93

Friday, October 1, 1993

Margaret Harris was walking up the steps to her Memphis, Tennessee, home when a vagrant with a criminal record grabbed and threatened to kill her. Harris, 66, struggled with the intruder in the house until she was able to get her .38. Although the thug never lost his grip, she fired twice, killing him. Harris' advice for other elderly women living alone? "Keep a handgun handy."

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