Karma’s a bitch, victim fights back

If the victim didn’t have a gun, and know how to use it the outcome may have been different.

On the plus side there won’t be a trial nor a lengthy incarceration saving the state of Iowa a considerable amount. Give that man a medal…as Chopper says “Fuckin’ BANG”.

An Iowa man shot and killed an escaped inmate on Tuesday after the convict held him and his wife hostage in their home, investigators said.

Jerome Mauderly, 71, and his wife, Carolyn, 66, were asleep when escaped inmate Rodney Long, 38, broke into their rural Bedford home a little after 10 p.m. on Monday, said Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt.

Long — who had allegedly shot a deputy pursuing him on Sunday — woke up the Mauderlys and disabled their landline phones except for a line in the couple’s bedroom. He then took a shotgun that Jerome Mauderly, a retired prison guard and farmer, had loaded that night and placed next to the bed before going to sleep.

“(The Mauderlys) knew the situation. There was an escaped inmate, armed and dangerous. They were not the only people in the community that had loaded weapons that night,” Mortvedt said. 

The Mauderlys’ home is isolated, surrounded by cornfields with the nearest neighbor about a mile away.

Long took the shotgun from the bedroom and moved it to the kitchen. He held the Mauderlys hostage at gunpoint for about four hours while he rummaged through their home for supplies and used their cell phone.

Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, while Long was upstairs looking for supplies, Jerome Mauderly sneaked into the kitchen and recovered his shotgun, Mortvedt said. Carolyn Mauderly called 911 from their bedroom. When Long walked down the stairs, Jerome Mauderly shot him in the torso. Long was found lying face down in the kitchen, Mortvedt said.

“(Long) had a handgun but was described as non-confrontational,” Mortvedt said. “After about four hours, Long let the Mauderlys out of sight, then Jerome Mauderly recovered the shotgun and shot and killed Long.


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  • blokeintakapuna

    Brilliant – fabulous outcome and the individual that broke and entered someone’s private abode got exactly what they deserved! Give the home owners a medal alright!
    Here though if that happened, the home owner would have to “defend” their actions and justify “reasonable force” as their defence… when in reality, the facts should stand for themselves. The home owners were in their own home defending themselves… end. of. story!
    It’s not like the guy broke in and was trying to sell them Tupperware or Avon… or he was a Jehovah’s Witness working over-time.

    • metalnwood

      ‘It’s not like the guy broke in and was trying to sell them Tupperware or Avon… or he was a Jehovah’s Witness working over-time.’

      I am confused? Which one of those wouldn’t you shoot?

  • Contractor

    If this was in NZ the guy would be arrested and charged. Look at the old fella in Chch in the news earlier this week. Hears a noise outside his house,goes out to investigate,gets thrown to the ground arrested and locked up….for investigating suspicious noise in his OWN property. Fucked up. Even your own property not sacred anymore.

    • steve and monique

      Sadly the Police were in the area for anther matter,and came across the old guy holding a baseball bat,and a air pistol. Guess they acted accordingly. Still was a bad deal for the old fulla. But wrong place, wrong time.

    • Justsayn

      It seems from the media reports that he was just a silly old fool who instead of putting down his gun reacted badly to seeing a police officer doing his job.

      BTW: he was in his undies… don’t think the Police mistook him for the offender, which is just as well as he might now be six feet under.

      Not so much wrong place wrong time, just stupid.

  • Patrick

    I love a story with a happy ending

    • Martin White


  • John1234

    I guess one of the lessons here is: convicted criminals are pretty stupid.

    Am watching the Clemence case with interest – hopefully the jury will see sense and acquit with a commendation for helping the ungrateful police with maintaining law and order.

  • steve and monique

    And the dickhead was shot and killed. And everyone lived happily ever after. THE END

  • surfisup

    Why on earth did the convict not keep tabs on the loaded shotgun?

    He may as well have had a sign on his back reading ‘shoot me’.

    Darwin award i think.

  • Richbonn

    Brings a tear to my eye…..
    We are not unravelling the nine years of doo gooder socialisim political correctness in this country fast enough. Perhaps some smelly fish would be a suitable gift for the deceased. I understand there are a few to be found in Wellington.

  • Col

    Better him than they, as he may have shot them when he was leaving, who knows, well done, $0.50 cartridge, has to be the best saving ever, Jerome should get a fee for that.

    • Plue

      A big fee. The moral of the story, the young (well relatively at 38) should show some respect for their elders. He clearly didn’t think the “old man” had it in him by leaving a loaded shotgun lying around. Turns out some mistakes have bigger consequences than others.

  • Justsayn

    Good on him, well done in the circumstances.

    I heard a stat on the radio this morning. You are 15 times more likely to be shot and killed in the US and in Australia. The figures were said to be per capita based. I expect the figures would be similar (or maybe even more pronounced) for NZ.

    • snakebit

      A few years back the crime stats showed that while you were more likely to get shot in the US, you were 7 times more likely to get raped in Oz and home invasion were far more common in nz…..fear of guns?

      • Justsayn

        Where did you get that from?

        That trend (in regards to rape at least – I don’t know if there is such a crime as Home Invasion in the US – it is recent here) seems to have reversed: in 2010 it was 25.8 per 100,000 people in NZ, and 27.3 in the US. I see it was 28.6 in Aussie though.

        In reality the difference between those figure is negligible, and a fairer summary might be that (leaving aside ant differences in reporting etc) the figures are much the same across the three countries.


        For the 2003-2010 period reported the US has been consistently higher than NZ (although as I say the differences seem marginal).

        • snakebit

          Had a look for it again and my memory is slightly off. Still more likely to get raped in Oz and burglary is more common in NZ. My source document is here…


          Still you will see that for 10/11 you were more likely to be raped, burgled and have your car stolen in countries with stricter gun laws…more or less.

      • Justsayn

        As to the death by guns rates, the stat I heard on the radio might be exaggerated (or just more current) as wikipedia suggests it seems about 10 times more likely in the US than in Aussie, and about 7 times more likely than NZ (but I suspect David Bain may have inflated our stats)…


        • Patrick

          Bain ain’t finished – he is just on a sabbatical at the moment.

  • snakebit

    Love this story but in nz this would probably fail the reasonable force test which is of course bullshit. Break into somones house and they should be able to gun you down…its fair and easy to remember.

    • Justsayn

      I don’t know. I think it would pass a reasonable force test. Holding hostage, threatened, armed with a gun and knife, know to have killed already while on the run… sound fair to me.

      • Mr_Blobby

        Possibly but not certain. That’s the difference.

        There a Police officer turns up looks at the situation makes a call and that is the end of it.

        Here you will be arrested and investigated about how you had access to a gun, that should have been locked up and inaccessible, and if at all possible charged with something, anything. Why because they want to discourage using a weapon for self defense.

        It is not about keeping a firearm secure, more about delaying access to it. Then having to explain why in such a volatile and fast moving situation, you had time to deploy it.

        Then it is off to Court to prove that you used reasonable force in hindsight, with all the resultant costs. Would bankrupt most people on a modest income with no access to legal aid.

        Our so called self defense laws are a crock of shit and need to be updated, more so than some spy legislation, to make self defense less ambiguous. Everybody, victim and criminal should be crystal clear on what they can and cannot do, then there is no need for hindsight.

        Meanwhile the scum bag is treated like a victim.

        • Justsayn

          Life is seldom that simply Mr B.

          How would you word such a crystal clear law?

  • cows4me

    I hope he didn’t use lead shot, bad form, we must think of the environment.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Pre meditated defence, and that is a good thing.
    Anyone want to challenge? fucking bang