When I first heard the story and read the article about some crazy neighbours, my initial feeling was one of gratitude that they didn't live next to me. It was only a day or two later that it was pointed out to me that this story actually happened in town here. Now, I have no idea exactly where these sweet hearts live but as I said, they don't live next to me thankfully. I feel bad for the family on the receiving end of all this nonsense and it makes me grateful for the good neighbours I have had since I've lived here.
Since I moved in here, the houses on either side of me have both changed hands but I haven't had any issues. My one former neighbour, who had lived these for 20+ years was a real gem, oftentimes cutting my front lawn for me when I was working insane hours. He even saved me money when, in the course of a conversation he let me know that the former owners of my house had mentioned to him that the air conditioning unit (which to this day sits on my back deck) was too small for the size of my house here. Better to buy a bigger unit if I was looking into installing one, he said rather than to waste money installing one that probably wasn't up to the task. The house on the other side of me was a rental when I moved in and despite the stereotypes of a group of guys renting rooms in a house, they were great neighbours. One was actually a DJ for a local radio station apparently. A couple years ago a younger couple moved in and while I don't know them that well due to work schedules, they are quiet and keep to themselves.
Obviously, the neighbours mentioned in the news item above, have some serious issues involving territorial aggression, and perhaps paranoia. Whatever their issues, I'm thankful they aren't MY neighbours.