xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In November, a Hindu seer in India’s Orissa state drew large crowds, inspired by his calmness in the face of his announced, spiritually induced death, which was to come before noon on Nov. 17. At noon, however, he was still alive, and, according to Asian Age newspaper, the crowd of 15,000 suddenly turned ugly, berating him for not dying, and police had to intervene. The man, who is chief cleric of Srignuru Ashram, told reporters, “I wanted to leave my mortal body, but I could not. Please forgive me.”
Mr. Mount Lee Lacy, 21, was arrested for animal cruelty after his girlfriend’s mother sent police to his apartment in Gainesville, Fla. Lacy’s aggressive mastiff kept the officers at bay momentarily, but once inside, police noticed another dog, a Jack Russell terrier, that had a bloody paw, and eventually Lacy cheerfully told them that he routinely bit the dog. According to a police sergeant: “(Lacy) said that biting the dog was good punishment and that’s how you train them, that dogs bite (and) so that’s what they understand.”
Criminals who accidentally leave identification at the scene of the crime are (according to News of the Weird) “no longer weird,” but it was nevertheless remarkable that on the night of Nov. 4, in Rapid City, S.D., two burglary suspects, in separate incidents, left ID behind. Both of them, Daniel P. Ader, 25, and Brian W. Crawford, 26, had apparently removed their pants, for different reasons, leaving their wallets. (Evidence suggested that the reason Crawford had removed his pants, after breaking into a law office, was to photocopy his genitals on the office copy machine.)
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