1944 Miss America Defends Farm With Gun

Venus Ramey knows it would be easy for someone to take advantage of her. “I’m an old woman,” she says. “They figure they can get away with a lot.”

And last Friday, she says some people tried to get away with some of her scrap metal. They were caught in the act and police say Curtis Parish was the ringleader.

“And he said ‘if you get out of my way, we'll leave’. And I said ‘oh no you won't’. And I shot two shots in one of their tires,” says Ramey.

Only that wasn't enough for this former Miss America who fired again. “I shot one and it wouldn't go down. I thought it would go whoosh and flatten, but it didn't. They're not made that way, so I shot it again,” she says.

Police in Lincoln County say stealing scrap metal is an epidemic and they charged Parish with trespassing. Police say he took the rap for the others involved.

Ramey won the Miss America crown in 1944. Now she spends her time selling trees on her farm and trying to protect her property from thieves. “The first time I was robbed [was] on the other side of the road about six or seven years ago,” she says. “I caught one man.”

But now, both police and Ramey say they don't think the man arrested this time will try to steal from her again.


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  • by Duane Thompson Location: Harpers Ferry, WV on Apr 25, 2007 at 06:31 PM
    As a descendant of the Thompson/Singletons who hail from Waynesburg, I salute you, Ms. Ramey. I would have done the same thing!
  • by Paul Location: Jackson, Oh. on Apr 23, 2007 at 04:22 AM
    Try to convince Ms Ramey that we need more gun control.
  • by Kevin Location: Eubank on Apr 22, 2007 at 06:32 PM
    I live right beside miss ramey, she is a loner on most things and she keeps to her self. That gives no one the right to try and take what is hers. I must admit, i am glad she done what she did, she sets a great example for the older people in ky communitys, and puts the fear of god into thieves.
  • by Angel Location: Morehead on Apr 21, 2007 at 08:53 AM
    You show em whos boss... none would steal off me .. you go girl
  • by Katy Location: Kentucky transplant on Apr 21, 2007 at 06:57 AM
    Right on sister! Now THAT'S gun control!

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