Margaret Matthews, a Chicago woman in her late sixties took justice into her own hands (a la Lisbeth Salander) after being allegedly tormented by two boys for over a year … and her South Shore neighborhood is rallying behind her after she finally reached a breaking point and took out a gun.
But was this a heroic act of self-defense or does it cross the line into vigilante justice?
In this rough South Side neighborhood where residents often observe a code of silence, voices rose up in unison Wednesday to support Matthews, affectionately known as “Miss Margaret.”
“I think she did right,” said Jimmie Johnson, echoing a sentiment heard over and over on Matthews’ block. “She was just protecting her property.”
Tnoila McCoy, 54, a neighbor and decades-long friend of Matthews’, said the two boys had been causing problems for months.
“They’ve been terrible to her for over a year. They burned up her barbecue pit and her flower bed,” McCoy said. “She was protecting herself. These kids came to her yard, jumped her fence and started terrorizing her. She didn’t just shoot a kid.”
Specifically, the two boys, aged twelve and thirteen, threw bricks …