A potentially deadly home invasion was indirectly averted last Wednesday by local band Honky Tonkitis.
Kohlsville resident Rebecca Bay was home alone when multiple gunmen burst into her home.
"I was just putting the laundry in the drier when I looked out my window and saw four intruders kicking in my front door, armed with assault rifles."
Bay, who was not near a phone, crawled into her son's bedroom.
"Not having access to a phone or an exit, the only thing I could think to do was create as much noise as possible in the hopes of alerting neighbors. I feared for my life."
Bay ended up turning up her son's stereo full blast.
"It just so happened that he had received the Honky Tonkitis album, Alcohol & Heartbreak as a practical joke from a friend. I cranked it up as loud as I could."
Whatever Bay expected as an outcome, she didn't expect what happened next.
"All four intruders ran for their lives. Blood seemed to be coming from their ears. From what it looked like, they were all covering their ears, screaming in pain, although I can't know for sure because I myself was screaming in pain."
Bay suffered no permanent hearing loss. The only lasting trauma she endured seemed to be from the music.
"That album, Alcohol & Heartbreak. I can't sleep at night any more. It's the worst thing. Although I guess I should thank those musicians for creating music that drove attackers from my home, it's had an unintended side effect of traumatizing me forever."
Bay has looked into filing assault charges against Honky Tonkitis.
"I guess if I had it to do all over again, I'd rather face the attackers."
Although Bay's story has been widely publicized, sales of Honky Tonkitis' Alcohol & Heartbreak have actually fallen nationally at Wal-Mart stores.