xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
New York City mayoral candidate C. Virginia Fields apologized in July for telling a reporter that, when she was arrested in a civil rights protest in the South in 1963, police took her away in a “paddy wagon.” She said the term could be offensive to some Irish-Americans.
Arlyne Reiter, of Pompano Beach, Fla., describing the experience of having just arisen in the morning to encounter an iguana in her bathroom: “It was like Jurassic Park in my toilet.”
Connecticut saddle-maker Mike Derrick, commented on why he set up a booth in Boston at the August Fetish Fair Fleamarket: He could spend six hours creating a bridle for a horse and earn $40, he said, but “make one for a human, $120.”
Least Competent Criminals In Clovis, N.M., in July, Danny J. Jimenez, 51, was sentenced to six years in prison for a pair of 2003 burglaries. Police had captured Jimenez by following the blood trail that stemmed from his encounter with a pawn shop’s glass jewelry case. Later, investigators learned that an injury to Jimenez’s head did not come from the jewelry case but occurred when Jimenez accidentally hit himself with a hammer while burglarizing a church later that night. Said a detective, “(Jimenez) had a big, round (indentation) in his forehead that was consistent with the hammer that I found.” (And, as if he needed more misery, Jimenez’s loot bag broke during his getaway, causing him to lose most of the jewelry, anyway.)
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