Sunday, July 06, 2008

Stranger Than Hagiography

Today is the feast of St. Maria Goretti, a girl who was stabbed to death by an attempted rapist who forgave her murderer before she died.

Five years ago:
A man described by authorities as a known sexual predator was chased through the streets of South Philadelphia by an angry crowd of Catholic high school girls, who kicked and punched him after he was tackled by neighbors, police said on Friday.
When Susanto tried to run, more than 20 girls chased him down the block. Two men from the neighborhood caught him and the girls took their revenge.

"The girls came and started kicking him and punching him, so I wasn't going to stop them," neighbor Robert Lemons told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Susanto was later treated for injuries at a local hospital.
The girls were from St. Maria Goretti High School.


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