Roy Exum: The New Samaritan

Friday, November 26, 2021 - by Roy Exum
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The stranger at the door was shivering and cold. He asked to use the phone to summon an Uber driver. He was barefoot and said he was homeless, so Daniel Rider loaned him a coat so the man would get warm faster. As they talked, Rider even made him a sandwich. All the while the stranger was polite, cognizant and did not appear nervous or troubled. Then the police surrounded the house and arrested the man who was believed to be the most heinous career criminal in America today.

Why in all of Waukesha., Wi. the alleged murderer, Darrell Brooks, picked Daniel Rider’s house we’ll never know. Rider, who had been hunting that morning, was watching a football game on television and had no idea Brooks would be the No.

1 suspect of killing six people after slamming his vehicle into a large crowd at a Christmas parade near his house. Dozens more were injured in Sunday’s senseless rampage, but Rider knew nothing about the catastrophe.

"Brooks said, 'You are showing me so much love, man. I am thankful you are showing me so much love here,' just because I had given him a sandwich, warmed him up with the jacket,” Rider said before he got an uncomfortable feeling and asked Brooks to leave. As soon as the stranger did, Brooks was arrested on the front porch of Rider’s home.

In a story that just appeared on Fox News, it is obvious Daniel was trying to be a good Samaritan. No one would have ever let Brooks in his house had he known anything about the sudden horror that occurred in a Milwaukee suburb. But I can safely name over 1,000 people who would have done the same thing as Rider, myself included. The Bible is plain, ‘What you do unto them, you also do unto Me.”

Brooks has an extensive criminal record and should have been in custody, rather than out on a flimsy bond. Rider’s girlfriend told Fox News, “I think Daniel said the hardest thing that he is realizing is that the guy (Brooks) had just killed (and injured) however many people, and was so polite and kind of calm. Then, when (Daniel) started getting uncomfortable he told (Brooks) to leave … and he complied, but it was just so crazy.”

But to think I would have welcomed a freezing homeless guy without hesitation is a little unnerving.

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ARMY TEAM KIDNAPS WRONG GOAT

A clandestine team of Army soldiers, stealthy under the cloak of night, arrived at a secret farm near Annapolis last weekend in an attempt to kidnap the Naval Academy’s mascot, a live goat named Bill. The Army-Navy football game, to be played Dec. 11 in East Rutherford NJ, will be renewed for the 122nd time and there have been numerous attempts in the past to hold “Bill” for ransom before the annual event.

Last weekend things started to go wrong when the West Point raiders spooked the goat herd, and in the melee that ensued, the cadets kidnapped the wrong goat. Oh, they got away with another “Bill” who was no. 24 in the line of goats, instead of Bill the 37th, who now stands with Navy football teams at games.

Bill the 24th was returned to Annapolis unharmed and Naval Academy officials have been joined by West Point leaders in a full investigation, which will include how our military leaders of tomorrow got the wrong goat.

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