Greenspan's Body Count: Palmer White

Some of you may think living in Baltimore is reason enough to commit suicide. And you may be right. But that's not what drove Palmer C. White over the edge:
Palmer C. White called 911 about 7:30 a.m. Sunday with a simple message: He had killed his wife in the basement of his Randallstown home and was headed back down there to kill himself, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Not long after, a police SWAT team entered the house and found White, 71, and his wife, Dianne Pittman White, 55, in the basement, dead of gunshot wounds, police said. Authorities released their names yesterday.

Police said yesterday that Palmer White had "several medical and financial problems." They said they did not know why his wife had been killed.

According to court papers, Palmer White was sued last year by Capital One Bank for payment of more than $1,300 on a charge account and was sued this year by Beneficial Mortgage Co. of Maryland for failing to make payments on a $20,000 loan he took out in 2005.

Now $20,000 sounds like minor league stuff to those of us out in California, where loans are never less than six digits and $20,000 is just your annual Starbucks tab. But it goes to show that even small amounts of indebtedness can seem overwhelming to those on a limited income. A little Nancy Reaganesque advice: the next time your credit pusher offers you some free HELOC money, Just Say No (not that they will offer -- most credit pushers have blown themselves up along with their victims).

[edit: incredibly insensitive and inappropriate remark deleted.]

Greenspan's Body Count now stands at forty:

Palmer C. White
Dianne Pittman White
Ed Boesen
Edwin F. Rachleff
Carlene Balderrama
Troy VanderStelt
Scott M. Coles
Dawn E. Armstrong
Thomas Lizotte
Jonathon Calvin "40-Cal" Jacques
Salvador X
Lupe X
Jade X
Little Boy X
Little Girl X
Kashmir Billon
Bill McMurtry

Lisa McMurtry
James Hahn
Raymond Donaca
Deanna Donaca
Michel Veillette
Nadya Ferrari-Veillette
Marguerite Veillette
Vincent Veillette
Mia Veillette
Jacob Veillette
Maurice Pereira
Natasha Pereira
Mark Achilli
Raed Al-Farah
Andrew Kissel
Rufus Shaw Jr.
Lynn Flint Shaw
Mr. Pierce
Walter Buczynksi
Marci Buczynski
Jason Washington

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