Bad Negotiation Tactics…

Ladies, this tactic will land you in jail, NOT with any satisfaction.

As reported in the Athens Banner Herald:

Story updated at 10:36 PM on Wednesday, May 7, 2008

An Athens woman used a gun Tuesday to make a one-sided settlement with her estranged husband, Athens-Clarke police said.

Ben Russell, 59, of Nicholson, agreed to meet his wife about 11 a.m. at her home on Honeytree Drive to exchange marital property, police said, but Patsy Ann Russell pulled a gun and wouldn’t let her husband leave until 1:45 p.m.

During that time, the woman forced her husband – a self-employed insurance salesman – to call his girlfriend and fire her as his employee, police said.

“Then he had to agree to sell his girlfriend’s car and put the proceeds into the children’s trust fund,” Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said. “That’s when she allowed him to leave.”

Ben Russell went to police headquarters on Lexington Road to make a complaint, and officers arrested Patsy Russell, also 59, on charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment, police said.

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 050808


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One response to “Bad Negotiation Tactics…

  1. aiken

    Okay . . . somewhat extreme tactics, but perhaps she considered consequences. humm. . . I’m not sure it wouldn’t be worth it, assuming PatsyAnn (I know it’s two words, but the southern name is almost certainly pronounced as one word) has had no prior arrests, convictions, etc., couldn’t she . . . find a decent attorney and perhaps SOME satisfaction? The girlfriend most likely got her job back, and the car won’t really be sold, however more deserving [one hopes] the children are. So PatsyAnn is left with a few precious moments when she has the satisfaction of knowing, really KNOWING that in that time, for her, justice is served. One can at least hope she remembers that feeling and builds real satisfaction that could last from it. After all, she surely suffers from mental cruelty to have been so irrational and to have inflicted such fear in her former husband. ;^)

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