Wake Up Shot

Boulder police are investigating the strange case of 63-year-old Sanford Rothman. Rothman reportedly was shot in the knee with a 9 mm handgun. He was taken to Boulder Community Hospital, where he was treated and released, police said. What makes the case interesting is that the victim is also the perpetrator — although he doesn’t remember the incident. Rothman is a sleep walker who reportedly told police he woke up to a “bang” and discovered he was shot in the left knee. In my neck of the woods, we just use a wake-up service.

Source: Boulder Daily Camera

— Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

8 thoughts on “Wake Up Shot”

  1. That didn’t take long:


    “Violence After Sentence in Oakland Killing

    OAKLAND — Protesters vandalized storefronts and clashed with the police here on Friday night after a white former transit police officer was given what they considered to be a light sentence for the killing an unarmed black man. But protests initially seemed less violent than others that have surrounded the controversial case.”

  2. lk,

    Don’t have time to post it this morning, but there’s a comment by another “sleep walker” (in the Boulder article) that you might want to read.

  3. I’ve read for years about sleep-walkers harming themselves (inadvertently) as well as others. Either there’s something to it being a disorder or there are a lot of people in on the con and a lot of really stupid cops and doctors that keep falling for it. I worked with a woman that loved to have her grandson visit, except for the whole sleepwalking thing. She was constantly worried he would hurt himself on his occasional travels through the house while he was not awake. Where’s a learned argument that it’s just a scam and not a valid illness or syndrome?

  4. Sleep-walker, indeed.

    Reminds me of the inanity of one of our newer medical ‘diagnoses,’ recently dubbed by some nifty gurus of health care – Sexomnia.

    Yep. Now, thanks to modern medicine, you have a perfect excuse to affectionately assault someone, and then claim you were sound asleep the whole, darn time.

    Of course, there’s insurance coverage gold to be found in the baptism of new ‘diseases.’

    Mayhaps “Gunshot-omnia” will be the next annointed entry into the psychiatric text DSM-4.

  5. My favorite comment, from the Boulder Daily Camera:

    dandelany wrote:

    “Note to self: don’t take Ambien and sleep with a gun.”

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