What do housewives and criminals have in common?
According to weapons expert Ray Floro, an assailant can use almost any household item to achieve their end but, unlike the dedicated homemaker, this has nothing to do with removing mould from bathroom walls.
Coins and credits cards, socks and pillow cases, pens and newspapers… pretty much anything can be turned into a weapon of attack or self-defence – as long as we know how to use it. What great fodder for a writer!
Ray was one of many presenters to inform and entertain writers at this year’s Bundaberg WriteFest. He showed us how a toothbrush can be turned into a sharpened weapon, how coins can become a sledgehammer punch, even how mags and newspapers can be used as batons.
He said the key to wielding weapons was Concealment and Speed/Method of Deployment. Check out some of Ray’s fascinating clips on YouTube, including: