xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd. In October, the Tennessee Supreme Court finally dashed Knoxville prosecutors’ hopes of convicting Thomas “Zoo Man” Huskey as a serial killer in a case News of the Weird first mentioned in 1992. Courts had tossed out Huskey’s confession (the centerpiece of the case), finding that the incriminating statements were made not by Huskey but by “Kyle,” his alter ego, and although Huskey himself had been given a Miranda warning, “Kyle” had not. (“Kyle” supposedly had a grudge against Huskey.) “Zoo Man” (named because a zoo was the venue for some of the crimes) is nonetheless serving 66 years in prison on other charges.
A 43-year-old motorcyclist was killed on Interstate 35 near Osceola, Iowa, when he tried to stand on his bike with his arms folded (and smashed into a guardrail) (October).
A 19-year-old driver, performing for two pals who were videotaping, was killed in West Rutland, Vt., when he attempted a “Jackass”-like stunt by leaping from the car at about 30 mph (September).
A 39-year-old bicyclist was killed when he raced, unsuccessfully, to beat an oncoming train through a railroad crossing in Oakland Park, Fla., and was knocked more than 100 feet (November).
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