Woman Accused Of Murdering Guest Over Drugs On Thanksgiving

By Kelly Burch 12/01/17

Investigators say the woman was offended that the victim didn’t offer to share his drugs.

woman holding a giant turkey on a platter.

A Minneapolis woman’s Thanksgiving took a turn for the worse after she was accused of murdering one of her dinner guests for lighting up a crack pipe without permission and not offering to share the drugs.

Anenia Marie Hare, 47, is now facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Edward Caliph, 69, according to The Star Tribune. Authorities say that Caliph was invited to Hare’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, but before the meal was served he took out his cocaine. 

According to court documents, “Before they started to eat, she looked over and saw the victim lighting up a crack pipe." Investigators report that Hare said she was both offended that Caliph didn’t ask her permission and that he didn’t offer her any of the drugs. She reportedly said that she blocked Caliph from leaving her apartment by holding up a television antenna and a butcher’s knife. 

Caliph allegedly yelled for neighbors to call the police. He then broke a window with a vacuum cleaner, presumably in an attempt to escape. 

Hare then called police four times, reportedly telling the dispatcher, “I put his ass to sleep.”

When authorities arrived they found Caliph facedown near the broken window. He was brought to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Hare told police that she had approached Caliph and they had struggled for the knife. She said that she took him by the shoulders and fell on top of him. 

"I just grabbed him by the front and he went down. To me it just felt like I put him in a sleeper hold or something," she said, adding that after he fell to the ground he began “snoring.” Caliph's death was caused by homicidal violence, according to an autopsy. 

Surprisingly, Thanksgiving is known to be a time when the death rate spikes, although it is not usually because of drug feuds. Car accidents and coronary issues are the main causes of the increased likelihood of death, although there is some room for blaming the stress of spending time with family and other holiday obligations.  

The increase in heart attacks “could be related to such behavioral changes around the holiday time as increased food, salt, and alcohol consumption,” according to one article featured in Forbes. "The emotional and psychological stresses of the holidays might also contribute.”

It was not clear whether Hare is still in custody. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.