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09 September 2008

Philly Samaritans: Total Failures

This is one of those stories that make me bite my tongue when I want to say I've seen/heard it all. I suppose it's easy to blame the witnesses -- can't even imagine what this video's going to look like -- but then again, what would you do if some lunatic goes ballistic with a hammer on the subway?

As the SEPTA subway train rocked forward, a thirty-something guy leaned over near the doorway and gently planted a kiss on the little boy at his side.
When the train neared the Fairmount Avenue stop shortly after midnight on Thursday, the man reached out like an adoring parent and directed the 3- or 4-year-old tyke to an open seat.
Then he flew into a monstrous rage.
Without uttering a word, police said, the unidentified man whipped out a double-claw hammer and began bludgeoning a 20-year-old man who was dozing off in his seat.
For five long minutes, SEPTA surveillance cameras captured the deranged attacker - who was still on the loose late last night- digging his hammer into the man's head and neck.
Through it all, disgusted investigators said, at least 10 passengers stood by and did nothing as the random attack moved from the train to the platform, when the hammer-wielding maniac tried to push his victim down onto the train tracks.


Broad Street line. Midnight. Philadelphia. Um, nobody had a gun to put this maniac down? C'mon. That's why we're still allowed to have them.

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