“He Picked The Wrong House”: Bodybuilder, 82, Breaks Table Over Burglar’s Head, Sending Him To Hospital

Meet America’s newest hero – 82-year-old bodybuilder Willie Murphy.

The award-winning bodybuilder became an instant viral sensation this week after she beat a would-be home intruder so badly, he had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.

Murphy, who works out daily at the Maplewood YMCA in Rochester, New York, and can deadlift 225 pounds, told ABC-13 she was getting ready for bed around 11 p.m. on Thursday night when a man began pounding on her door.

“He was outside and saying, ‘Please call an ambulance,’ saying, ‘I’m sick, I’m sick,’” she said.

She called 911, but wouldn’t let him inside.

“I hear a loud noise,” she said. “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,” she said.

Murphy said it was dark inside, so she was able to hide as the suspect walked through her home.

“I picked up the table, and I went to work on him,” she said. ‘The table broke.”

“And when he’s down,” she continued, “I’m jumping on him.”

Once the suspect was injured, she ran and grabbed a bottle of baby shampoo – and started pouring it on his face.

“I grabbed the shampoo,” she said. “Guess what? He’s still on the ground. In his face, all of it, the whole thing.”

“I got the broom,” she continued. “He’s pulling the broom. I’m hitting him with the broom.”

Watch ABC-13’s full report, below:

When officers finally arrived, the man was sent to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Murphy was applauded by first responders.




“The officers that came wanted to go on my front porch and take selfies with me,” she said.

When Murphy returned to the YMCA on Friday morning, she got a well-deserved hero’s welcome.