Man and woman are dating. They’ve been romantically involved for a year. Man dumps woman for another. Woman shoots man in the head four times in a jealous rage.
Not a significant story - it’s the kind of thing that happens every day, sadly. When does it get even a little nationwide attention? When the woman is 78 and the man is 85.
What is it about these kinds of stories that get our attention? Surely we ALL can’t have grown up with sweet, elderly, doddering grandparents? Surely people like the recently convicted ex-KKK’er show that people who are criminally inclined when young don’t suddenly become harmless when they’re old? Elderly people have passions and anger like everyone else - the stereotypical “get off my lawn!” neighbor proves that. So why are we always so surprised?