Turns out she was the first redhead to win the crown. I’m surprised — most redheads I know would have shot him dead.

Still, awesome:

After confronting a man she said was stealing from her Kentucky farm, Ramey pulled out a gun and shot out a tire on his truck so he couldn’t leave, allowing police to arrest him and two others.

“He was probably wetting his pants,” Ramey said Thursday from her home in Waynesburg, about 140 miles south of Cincinnati…

She had to balance on her walking stick as she pulled out a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun.

“I didn’t even think twice. I just went and did it. If they’d even dared come close to me, they’d be 6 feet under by now.”

Ramey then tried to flag down people driving by. When one stopped, she asked them to call 911. Eventually, three people were arrested – one at the scene and two others walking on a nearby road.

“They’ve been stealing from me for years. Those good-for-nothing slobs,” she said.

Her pet issue as Miss America was suffrage for Washington D.C. (where she had won the local pageant). She’s having a good week this week.

Exit question: More guns, less scrap-metal theft?

Update: Here’s a color(ized) photo of then-Miss D.C. Venus Ramey.

Tags: Kentucky