Wrong House, Wrong ‘Victim’

Assigned Reading: 24-year-old Burglar Meets His 72-year-old Match
(FROM: New York Daily News)

This is absolutely phenomenal. The knife-wielding burglar was 24-year-old Gregory McCalium. The ‘victim’ was 72-year-old Frank Corti, a retired boxer, former member of the British armed forces, and current resident of Oxford, England.

McCalium reportedly broke into Corti’s home and presented a knife before being promptly disarmed, punched twice in the face–dude, if that’s only two shots, I’d hate to be in the ring with Mr. Corti for a three-minute round–and restrained until police arrived. Personally, I love it.

It also goes without saying, though, that Mr. Corti is darned lucky that the punk thug wasn’t better armed. In this case, Mr. Corti should be thankful that a knife was all that McCalium brought. Not that he couldn’t have taken care of himself, but the odds would have been decidedly more in his favor if he had been armed.

Of course, Mr. Corti’s skills should not go unrecognized. The old saying goes that “you never bring a knife to a gun fight” — here, I think it should be revised: “Never go to Frank Corti’s house with ill intentions.”



  1. Uncle Rick says:

    In the 80s, when Ed Koch was mayor of New York, there was a horrible knife attack on the subway. Koch's predictable, if absurd, response was to deplore the violence and declare that New York needed tougher gun control laws. Maybe England should tighten up its gun laws also.

    Go figure.


    I like the Sheriff's response down in Gaffney, SC, where they've been plagued with a serial killer:

    "We're all locking our doors, and we have our guns at the ready," was the basic gist of what he said.

  3. Rix says:

    "Old gentlemen never die, they just put their boxer gloves away." (c)


    That there is the face of JUSTICE. Maybe someday some of it will make it to America.

  5. Gail B says:

    "Stupid is as stupid does!"
    – F. Gump.

    There are good choices and bad choices. Then there are the stupid choices! Maybe McCalium has had some sense knocked into him! Good job, Mr. Corti!


    This is what happens when you attempt to usurp a home in Britain. Usurp our presidency and we do NOTHING.

  7. Jennifer says:

    One advantage of raising a generation of lazy, incompetent youth.

    Mr. Corti for head of the Department of Homeland Security!

  8. La Muse Poetique says:

    Woah. Retired boxer? Doesn't that make his fists "weapons" technically?


    Photo: Black Panther billy club victim 2010. ACORN dollars at work.


    Photo: ALL CAPS MAN outed at White House dinner.

  11. Anonymous says:

    well, if they were in the US, McCalium would probably have had a gun and for that matter, Corti would have had one as well – in which case, we'd probably think that McCalium was less stupid, Corti was less heroic and expect the story to have a much sadder ending.

  12. PLEASE says:

    I smell a hippie

  13. Mrs B says:

    Have you at all bothered to check your facts? The bias in this affair is totally iniquitous, the way it has been reported, totally ridiculous. The whole worldwide press seems to follow the Oxford Mail's extremely warped version. This young man is being made a whipping boy for all the times hooligans have been allowed to go scot free. Gregory Mccalium is not a thug, by any stretch of the imagination and Mr Corti is known throughout the neighbourhood for a violent bully who delights in tormenting his neighbours. I have lived in the area for 30 years, so know both men.
    This is certainly not a triumph for British Justice but rather a travesty.

  14. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Mrs. B:

    Perhaps you could ask the innocent Mr. McCalium what he was doing in Mr. Corti's house with a knife.

    Perhaps he was cutting his meat?

    No offense, ma'am, but given the news accounts, I just don't believe you. We have them on our side of the pond, too — without fail, after a gang shooting, you'll have some 47-year-old grandmother sobbing and saying how her grandson was just "turning his life around."

    Were the news accounts so wrong that it was Mr. Corti in Mr. McCalium's house with a knife and not the other way around?

    – Jeff

  15. Rix says:

    Re: Mrs B
    Oh yeah, I get it. The guy was just delivering today's Times, and and the knife was out to open the plastic bag. For Christ's sake!

  16. Gail B says:

    Don't be misled–I'm not "Mrs. B."

    Furthermore, I would never suggest that Jeff check his facts. If he doesn't know what he's talking about, he's much too wise to broadcast his ignorance–he starts digging instead.

    You should know him better than that by now. (Jeff, that's NOT taking up for you–I'm just stating a fact.)

  17. Gail B says:

    Mrs. B.–

    WHERE was McCalium when Corti rearranged McCalium's face? In Corti's HOME!

    Are there news reports of Corti, when he went out into the neighborhood to start fights? NO!

    Get real, lady! A hoodlum is a hoodlum. Face it.

  18. Roadrunner says:

    Mrs. B, you claim that Corti is a bully, and maybe he is. Maybe he’s just mad as Hell over the fact that your socialist country has taken all his guns away. Maybe he, unlike you, believes in freedom to bear arms as many of us in America also do and we prove that every day by making gun and ammo sales skyrocket in America over the past two years. But we are all a bunch of bullies here. We’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore. You break into my house in the middle of the night and you won’t be nursing a black eye or broken teeth. You’ll be pushing up daisies. That’s the difference between a free country and a socialist UK.

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