X-Acto knife registration NOW!

…or, Hey, good thing Maritza Ramirez-Cruz’s killer didn’t have a gun! Someone could have gotten hurt!

Desperate to give her boyfriend a son but unable to conceive, Annette Morales-Rodriguez faked a pregnancy for months, court documents say, then began trolling Milwaukee’s streets for pregnant women in hopes of stealing an unborn baby.

After two days of searching, the 33-year-old woman finally spotted Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, who was just a week from her due date. Morales-Rodriguez lured the young Puerto Rican immigrant into her home, according to court documents, and beat her with a baseball bat before cutting her full-term fetus from her womb with an X-Acto knife, killing both the mother and the baby.

I was telling Sabra that I see stories like this and they just don’t seem quite real; it just looks like the paper took an old urban legend and actually ran with it. But it actually does happen, albeit rarely. It’d be interesting to see just what kind of criminal record Ms. Morales-Rodriguez had before now.

And as Sabra pointed out, acts such as this are also another really good reason for immigrants to learn English — so they don’t get taken advantage of so easily. There are a lot of non-English speakers who come here, encounter Spanish speakers and think those people are their friends, when in reality they’re just predators. I have to wonder how many people who decry immigrants being required to learn English realize they’re essentially saying it’s all right that non-English speakers are left at the mercy of those people.

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3 Responses to “X-Acto knife registration NOW!”

  1. Dwight Brown Says:

    Hey, if you make it harder for them to get X-Acto knives, they’ll just use car keys

  2. mattexian Says:

    It does sound like one of those urban legends, I expect a “news item” about a man waking up in a hotel bathtub full of ice with a note written on his chest or on the bathroom mirror.

    I joke that I’m trying to learn Spanish again, so I can eavesdrop on the other folks checking out at HEB! 😉

  3. mick Says:

    Maybe I’m being oversensitive because my wife is 38 weeks pregnant, but this is by far the most disturbing in the “let’s use local murders to advance political views” series.

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