82-Year-Old Bodybuilding Grandma Willie Murphy Beats up Man Who Tried to Break into Her Home

Mary Scott
Nov 27, 2019
03:11 P.M.
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A New York grandma has become a viral sensation after word got out that she singlehandedly beat up a man who tried to break into her home. Willie Murphy has been sharing her story with news outlets ever since.


When you see an 82-year-old grandmother, the last thing on your mind is her physical prowess. But Murphy is a stunning exception, and that fact recently saved her life.


Murphy told ABC affiliate WHAM-TV that she was getting ready for bed on Thursday, November 21, when she heard a man thumping on her door. It was just after 11 pm, and the man reportedly faked an emergency.

Not only was Murphy capable of pushing her car when it broke down, but she also effortlessly managed fingertip push-ups, one-handed pull-ups, and one-handed push-ups.

"He was outside and saying, 'Please call an ambulance,' saying, 'I’m sick, I'm sick,'" she recalled.


Murphy said she called the police but didn't open the door. That reportedly got the intruder in a rage, and he broke into her home.

"I hear a loud noise," the active granny continued. "I'm thinking, 'What the heck was that? The young man is in my home. He broke the door."

"He picked the wrong house to break into," added Murphy, who said she hid in the dark as the man broke in and walked through the house. Her first move was to pick a table that was close by.


Murphy said she hit the table on the intruder with such force that it broke. When the man was injured and unable to move, her next move was to empty an entire bottle of shampoo over him.

Murphy told the TV station:

"I grabbed the shampoo. Guess what? He's still on the ground. In his face, all of it, the whole thing. I got the broom. He's pulling the broom. I'm hitting him with the broom."


Murphy still had the intruder under control when the cops arrived. The man was sent away in an ambulance while the officers, in awe of the 82-year-old, posed for photos. One of the snapshots made it to the Rochester New York Police Department Twitter page.

Now, if that intruder had only done some research, he would have discovered that Murphy's house is off-limits.

The octogenarian, who works out almost every day at the YMCA, told WHAM that she could deadlift 225 pounds, but her fame goes way back.


In 2014, when Murphy was 77, she made headlines for her bodybuilding prowess and won the World Natural Powerlifting Federation 2014 Lifter of the Year award.

At the time, the fitness enthusiast said she could deadlift 215 pounds, so it implies there has been an improvement between then and now.

According to the Mirror, not only was Murphy capable of pushing her car when it broke down, but she also effortlessly managed fingertip push-ups, one-handed pull-ups, and one-handed push-ups.


Murphy reportedly started lifting weights a few years before 2014. She saw a weight-lifting competition poster at her local YMCA, asked if she could sign up, and the rest, as they say, is history.

It's been more than five years since her fitness journey kicked off, and now, Murphy can add one more thing to her list of bodybuilding pros: no intruder will be breaking into her home again anytime soon.

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