Some are judgment calls, like the Jiverly Wong massacre. I've chosen not to include that one and many workplace massacres because, frankly, some whackjobs get fired because they are whackjobs, and then go on killing sprees because they are whackjobs. Not Greenspan's fault. Jing Hua Wu's killing spree did qualify, because he was a seriously over-leveraged real estate speculator whose empire was crumbling down around him.
That said, Turse finds several stories that do qualify for Greenspan's Body Count. First, Betty Lipply:
A 72-year-old woman who feared she’d lose her home to foreclosure hanged herself to death, the family lawyer said.
Betty J. Lipply of 51535 state Route 14 died the morning of Jan. 24 at her home, just days after receiving her second summons and foreclosure complaint from her mortgage lender, said Atty. Robert B. Holman of Bedford.
“I last spoke to her at 8:30 the night before. I was there at the house, and my aunt and uncle were there from Illinois,” said Lipply’s daughter, Sherrie Blum of Darlington, Pa. “She talked constantly about the foreclosure, thought she would lose the home my father built for them.”
Blum said her aunt found her mother dead the next morning.
“I have no doubt it was the foreclosure. This is devastating to the family. My father doesn’t want anyone in the United States to go through this ever again.”
Holman alleges in the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Lipplys that the Lipplys were the victims of a predatory lending scheme. He said the bank, mortgage company and title insurance company used an inflated appraisal of $200,000 to create an over-inflated mortgage loan, thereby putting the Lipplys on the path to financial ruin. He said the property at 51535 state Route 14 had a market value of $80,000.
We'll be investigating the other cases in Turse's post in the coming days. But tonight, Greenspan's Body Count stands at ninety-six.
Betty J. Lipply
Del Mar man
Wayne "Mike" Anderson
Jeffrey M. Pearson
Ervin Antonio Lupoe
Steven L. Good
Dallas Dwayne Carter
Lt. Michael Howe
Palmer C. White
Dianne Pittman White
Edwin F. Rachleff
Scott M. Coles
Dawn E. Armstrong
Jonathon Calvin "40-Cal" Jacques
Little Boy X
Little Girl X
Rufus Shaw Jr.
Lynn Flint Shaw