xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Going against the grain of recent court decisions, the federal appeals court in New York ruled in August, 2-1, that when a man died of “autoerotic asphyxiation” (normally, strangling oneself almost to the point of passing out as a way of enhancing pleasure during masturbation, but in some cases, going too far), it was an “accident” rather than a self-inflicted injury. Thus, mom Shirley Critchlow is entitled to death benefits under her son Michael’s life insurance policy (but would not have been for a self-inflicted injury).
The Classic Middle Name (all new):
Arrested and charged with murder:
David Wayne Mears (Ludington, Mich., June);
Edward Wayne Bryant (Ardmore, Okla., arrested in Houston, August);
Kenith Wayne Sherrill (Yakima, Wash., July);
Chadwick Wayne Wallace (Alton, Ill., August);
Timothy Wayne Johnson (Raleigh, N.C., September).
Already serving a life sentence for murder but charged again:
Alexander Wayne Watson Jr. (Maryland, convicted of a 1994 murder, but, based on DNA evidence, charged in July with murders in 1986, 1988 and 1993).
Already serving a life sentence for murder but convicted of murdering an inmate: Shannon Wayne Agofsky (Beaumont, Texas, July).
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