29-Year-Old Sexpot Beat 77-Year-Old Lover to Death With His Cane

Twenty-nine-year-old Kristina N. Pongracz pleaded no contest on Wednesday to the charges that she beat her boyfriend -- 77-year-old William Herchenrider -- with his cane on May 4, 2010. Though he survived the initial beating, he died three months later of his injuries. Now, raise your hand if you think the 48-year age difference may have had something to do with all this.

Apparently, the couple had been together for 10 years, but Herchenrider -- former CEO of Delta Star, Inc. -- was ready to move on and Pongracz lost it.

There are so many things wrong with this story, it's hard to know where to begin. Is it even possible that a 19-year-old really falls in love with a 67-year-old? It's far more likely that what she really loved was his 4,000 square feet and 19 acres of land.

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Can anyone say gold digger? I feel terrible for the way this poor man met his end, but for 10 years, in his 60s and 70s, he was with a girl in her 20s. It's hard to feel terribly sorry for a man who was into this. 

The fact is, she may have been a gold digger, but what was he? An older man wanting such a younger woman is likely not doing so for noble, loving reasons.

Big age differences may be fine in theory and they might even work on occasion. But 9 times out of 10, they likely fall apart. Maybe the end doesn't come as dramatically and tragically as this one, but the end is inevitable. It says a lot about the greed of two people -- hers for money and his for youth and beauty.

Maybe she felt like he was trading her in as she approached 30. Maybe he was. Or maybe he was tired of her partying and leaving him at home. Whatever the reason, this woman clearly deserves every year of the sentence she will receive for her crime.

But no one would argue their relationship was ever going to end happily. Half a century is too large an age gap for anyone. It's such a senseless tragedy.

Do you think an age difference like this ever has a happy ending?


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