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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Ken Rohrer, an elementary school principal in Michigan City, Ind., resigned in April, two weeks after he had (apparently as a joke) decided to appear on the school’s classroom TV system making his daily announcements while portraying an Iraqi character, denouncing “lying” Americans and the Bush administration and charging that the upcoming school ice cream social would be held as scheduled, even though Iraqis were starving.
A joint resolution commissioning a statue to recognize the anti-abortion movement in South Carolina is currently making its way through the state House of Representatives. In the original proposal in circulation until May, the statue that sponsors thought would best celebrate unborn children was to be a huge (6-foot-tall) fetus. (Some supporters have suggested an alternative design.)
Recently, police, faced with thieves whom they suspected had swallowed their contraband in order to avoid detection, had to wait and let nature take its course in order to recover the incriminating evidence.
Carpet cleaner Daniel Dyament, 19, finally expelled (after 72 hours) the $3,000 ring he allegedly stole from a customer’s home in Bloomfield Township, Mich. (June).
And in March, Chicago police reportedly used White Castle “sliders” to coax suspect Peter J. Mannix to yield (after 96 hours) a stolen $37,000 diamond.
But in Santa Cruz, Calif., jeweler Joy Kilner concluded in June after days of waiting that the $1,800 diamond that her pet basset hound swallowed was not coming out and was probably stuck in the dog’s intestines.
Davidson County (Tenn.) judge Ellen Hobbs rejected the death-row appeal of murderer Abu-Ali Abdur Rahman, 52, scheduled for June 18, ruling that the state’s lethal-injection cocktail is constitutional, even though one of the three drugs involved (Pavulon) is banned in Tennessee for animal euthanasia.
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