DKU: Indianapolis woman uses sword to capture home invader


Welcome Karen, to our Defensive Sword Wielder’s Hall of Fame

An Indiana woman was her own first responder this past Thursday when she awoke to the sound of a man’s voice in her living room. Karen Dolley, 43,  a medieval combat enthusiast went medieval herself on 30 year old Jacob Wessel who had broken in.


“Dolley, standing 5-foot-6, said she immediately attacked, punching him about 10 times and cornering him in her bedroom.

She reached for her gun in a nearby drawer, but she accidentally opened the wrong drawer during the chaos of the moment, so her gun wasn’t there.

She reached for her backup weapon, a Japanese-styled sword called ninjato, which she keeps near her bed. Her intruder crouched in the bedroom as she held him at sword-point until police arrived, she said.

She called 911 and police arrived within two minutes, she said.”

Dolley had been a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. If you are unfamiliar with the group, they attend Medieval Fairs, don armor, and beat the crud out of each other with rattan swords. They aren’t quite as intense as the folks from Longpoint, but are entertaining to watch. While it is to a degree theatrical in nature, the fights are unscripted and a participant would develop some level of skill over time.


A photo from Karen’s personal collection of her participating in a mock swordfight.

Karen now joins the Middle-aged Mormon Ninja Bishop, and the katana-wielding homeowner from Argentina in our TTAK Defensive Sword Wielder Hall of Fame.

(h/t Sam L. via


  1. Grindstone says:

    “LARPing is for nerds”, they said. “Only dorks collect swords”, they said. Well, who’s laughing now?

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