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Neighbors say two sisters died as they lived: Alone

The Globe reports on two elderly residents of Trull Street in Dorchester, whose bodies were found only when their mailman realized nobody was grabbing the mail out of his hand as he put it through their mail slot like they used to do.

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Hats off to the letter carrier for thinking about his customers and calling the police when something seemed wrong.

The article says that he went to another house and asked to call the police. If delivery postal workers aren't equipped with a basic cell phone for emergencies this seems like a cheap, important change to make.

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though when I read the article they sounded...well, as if they truly wanted to be left alone--not the nicest folks. Still...

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OMG LET THEM REST IN PEACE!!! Who do you think you are writing that they were not nice people when you dont even know them COMON MAN

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Pretty much all about how they took little kids' balls if they went in their yard and keyed and poured ammonia on cars if they parked in front of their house. Call the Globe if you're upset about it.

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n/t

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But then again, maybe they thought it was us who weren't the nicest either.

"My hate is general, I detest all men;
Some because they are wicked and do evil,
Others because they tolerate the wicked,
Refusing them the active vigorous scorn
Which vice should stimulate in virtuous minds."

--Moliere, The Misanthrope

Thankfully, whatever problems chased them in life have lost their power. Their fights are over and night has fallen.

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"The women were known for being unknown and for a tough stance on parking in their driveway."

is having a tough stance on people parking in your driveway unusual?

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According to the story even if you parked there by mistake (shared driveway?) they would quickly run out and key your car or otherwise try to damage it. The guy was quoted as saying "in front of their house" which is either a mis-quote or they were all for the Boston tradition of year-round space saving.

Some people call the police or a tow truck when someone parks in their driveway. These people went straight for the vandal approach.

Perhaps these were the two nicest ladies in Boston but from reading the article the names "Patty" and "Selma" kept coming to mind.

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Such a sad story, I hope they both went peacefully.
The story is quite odd.
Hats off to the mailman!!

Why on Earth didn't the 3rd sister call 911?!?
Also, who would park in someone else's driveway?!?

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Someone else's driveway; as in not your family's driveway or parking in a driveway without the owners permission. I didn't think I'd have to be that specific.
It was the neighbors nephew, not their own. I thought the nephew was parked in front of the house and not the driveway. I think the driveway was someone else.

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Vicks said one of the women poured ammonia onto the hood of his nephew’s car when he made the mistake of parking there years ago.

The neighbor being interviewed has a nephew who parked in front of their house and they poured ammonia on his car as a result. It wasn't their relative; it was the neighbor's relation.

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Gray said she worried recently when she saw one of the women with her legs swollen and wrapped in duct tape. Then, she and other neighbors grew concerned when they hadn’t seen the two women for a while. She said she called the police in February, but officers told her that no one answered the door.

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The oddest part is the last paragraph encourages you to call the police if you are worried about a neighbor. So that they can come and knock on the door and go away when no one answers?

Too many people missed out on doing something--

* The police who came by to check on them
* The mailman who noticed a horrible smell & one of the sisters missing
* The sister who lived out of state and talked to them almost every week

It's all in hindsight, but it seems that someone should have been able to find them much earlier.

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