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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Gerald F. Berg gave police a false name when stopped, saying he had left his wallet at home, but when police spotted the wallet in Berg’s pants pocket, along with methamphetamine, Berg quickly professed confusion, telling police that the pants he was wearing weren’t his (Spokane, Wash., October).
When Marcus J. Thomas, 20, who was being discharged from jail, was discovered to have eight rocks of crack cocaine in his rectum, he quickly told police that the drugs weren’t his (La Crosse, Wis., February).
A first-grader became the latest kid suspended from school for having a nonweapon “weapon” (a plastic school cafeteria knife), but his parents threatened criminal charges against the school (for arming 6-year-olds with weapons) if the suspension stood.
Police in Warren, Ohio, arrested Roger A. Hunt, 41, on New Year’s Day and charged him with kidnapping his girlfriend, despite his story that the couple were just blissfully headed out to dinner in his truck. Police said their suspicions were aroused when they noticed that the woman was barefoot and Hunt tried to explain that by saying, “She’s from Virginia. She doesn’t wear shoes (when she goes out to dinner).”
Robert Paul Rice, serving 1 to 15 years in Utah State Prison, had filed a lawsuit demanding that the prison accommodate him as a vampire by providing special “vampire” meals and conjugal visits that would allow him to partake “in the vampiric sacrament” (“drinking blood”), but an appeals court turned him down in October. A prison spokesman said that no one gets conjugal visits in Utah, blood-drinking or otherwise.
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