M&Ms and safety pins: The life and death of the woman everyone saw but no one knew
They called her the Safeway Lady. The Bag Lady. She was the woman who wore every piece of clothing she owned, always black, even in the heat of a Phoenix summer. The homeless woman who walked the soles off every pair of shoes people gave her. The lady with the ice-blue eyes.
That was what people remembered. Those eyes. Two clear reminders that her body still held something inside. But sometimes those eyes clouded over, and that spark of life disappeared, and the woman screamed at a devil nobody else could see.
The clouds descended one last time on Oct. 13. A neighbor watched her in her... read more