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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Clermont, Fla., police 911 dispatcher Lorraine Stanton was fired in May as the result of bad performance reviews, not even counting an incident on her last weekend. A woman called to report a street gathering that included a man wanted by police, but according to the 911 tape, Stanton was not helpful: “OK, that person would have to come to the police station, and we would have to check. When they come in, they’d have to bring ID.” When the caller asked why a wanted man might voluntarily turn himself in, Stanton replied, “Ma’am, that’s the only way we can check.”
Kenny Borger survived a one-car crash in upstate New York on May 1, but his passenger was killed, and Borger decided to surreptitiously bring the body home to Hamilton, N.J., in the damaged car and then figure out what to do next. What he decided on was to commandeer a backhoe one night from a previous employer, scoop up the body, drive it about five miles out of town, dig a 13-foot-deep hole with the backhoe, and bury the body. He was later arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. Said Mercer County prosecutor Joseph Bocchini Jr., describing Borger’s plan, “I couldn’t make this stuff up.”
And in St. Paul, Minn., a 43-year-old woman was arrested for an incident in which she bit her new boyfriend’s tongue too hard during a kiss, slicing off a portion and, police believe, inadvertently swallowing it. (She told police she has had issues with men in the past and might have panicked.)
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