Ninety-year-old Berlie Mae Johnson was watching the evening news
with her husband when two men burst through the back door. "Be
quiet. Don't say a word. Don't move!" demanded one of the intruders
as he put a gun to her head. "It's terrible. You expect at any
moment... " she said, her voice cracking. "My nerves are shot. He'd
probably have killed me." But her husband, Charles, age 91, came to
the rescue. He grabbed his .38-caliber revolver from under a sofa
cushion. One of the intruders fled immediately. "He saw the gun and,
boy, he was gone," Mr. Johnson recalls. The other intruder was still
threatening his wife, but a single shot from Johnson's revolver sent
him running. Johnson said he has a message for others: "Be prepared.
Keep your doors locked. And be alert." His wife added, "And have a
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