Stereotypes would tell us a 43-year-old woman at home alone in the middle of the night is a pretty great target for burglars to get in, get the loot and get out.
But one burglar picked the wrong 43-year-old to mess with; the wrong roller derby playing, samurai sword wielding, combat trained 43-year-old, to be precise.
When Karen Dolley – who skates as “Foul Morguean” with the Naptown Roller Girls – saw a man breaking into her home, she didn't scream her lungs out for help. Using the medieval combat fighting skills she had learned as a teenager, she bombarded the intruder with as many as 10 punches.
“I didn’t think I was getting good blows in but my knuckles are bruised today,” Dolley told the Star. “Hitting someone like that, it isn’t like the movies. You’re expecting it to be louder and see people jerk around, but that’s not how it happens in real life.
“At the end of the day, I’m glad to know that even if I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m not going down without a fight.”
Now groggy, the intruder was even more shocked when Dolley drew a ninjato sword on him while calling the cops. Her original plan was to use the pistol she had kept for situations like this but she couldn't find it at the time. So, she picked up her backup weapon, which was a Japanese sword.
But what was a sword doing in a roller derby girl's repertoire? Let the Star explain:
"Dolley actually has some experience in medieval combat fighting from her days as an 18-year-old fighter in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a nonprofit for members who re-create arts and skills from Europe prior to the 17th century," according to the organization’s website.
"Dolley would don armor and engage in unchoreographed fights using rattan swords, which are safer than steel. She fought against men who stood taller than 6 feet and had 20 years experience.
"In the beginning, her opponents could guess her moves because she was afraid she was going to hurt someone, she said, so an early lesson was to move confidently and aggressively after someone."
About the sword, she added: “It is 440C stainless steel, it has an edge and it will cut. If he would have behaved in a slightly different manner he would not have gotten out of here alive.”
Well, the alleged burglar, Jacob Wessel, knew better than to be mouthy with her. So overwhelmed he was by his victim's prowess that he even apologized to her while being carted off by the police.
Unbelievable, isn't it?