That's a shame, Algernon, I feel for you. One of my close friends recently had her cat shot with a bebe gun by a neighbor. Just because he wanted to.
As for ragdolls, I agree iwth you PB. They are almost too mellow, I think one needs to choose cats much like researching what type of dog is best. Ragdolls are great cats for certain people. The opposite of mine, however, that little biter! He likes to play hard. I got him when he was 6 yrs. old and he'd had to defend himself against 3 little kids before he came to me, so usually I forgive him.