The Weird

JUST ABOVE SUNSET offers, in special arrangement with Andrew J. Hewett and his site WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (chewednews.com), the best of the weird, bizarre and unusual. As noted at his site, Andrew publishes, via e-mail, a growing archive of true events compiled from a variety of sources, covering “every conceivable subject.” You can submit your own favorite “strange story” – including a verifiable source, of course. He’s sent over 1,200 of these out to the distribution list, and you too can sign up to be on the list. Here’s the latest. Visit his site for more, and the archives. And note that Volume I of Weird, Bizarre and Unusual [Kindle Edition] is available on Amazon.com – Volume II will be coming soon, with Volume III, IV and V to follow.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 –

HOPE THE DOG HAD HIS SHOTS

Jose Manuel Marino-Najera, an illegal alien, was caught sleeping under a tree near the Mexican border, nestled up with 49 pounds of marijuana. In December 2014, he filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol because a K-9 dog had bitten his arm repeatedly during his arrest. (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/10/drug-smuggler-sues-u-s-over-dog-bite.html)

HAT OFF TO HER PASSIVITY

While some 60,000 illegal immigrants entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico during the last 9 months of 2014, and Texas rated very poorly when it came to educating children, Texas State lawmaker Rep. Marsha Farney filed a bill to make the cowboy hat the official headgear of Texas. (The AP/Houston Chronicle, 1-7-15)

COULDN’T SHOPLIFT A LOCKSMITH

Three women, ages from 21-41, were arrested on Black Friday 2014, in Hadley, Massachusetts, after being caught in a Wal-Mart parking lot sorting out about $2,760 worth of allegedly shoplifted goods. Moments earlier the women had asked a Wal-Mart employee to help them get inside their car, having locked themselves out… unable to speed away with their ill-gotten gains. (http://www.gazettenet.com/news/14570748-95/three-arrested-charged-in-early-morning-shoplifting-incidents)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 –

HUG CORPSE, GRAB GOLD

Theresa Green Mireles, 56, of Corpus Christi, TX, attended a wake for Kenneth Grimes. She was later arrested for stealing a gold necklace from around the corpse’s neck. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/texas-woman-steals-gold-chain-corpse-wake-cops-article-1.2067155)

DUMB AND DUMBER

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Michael Rochefort, 38, and Daniel Gargiulo, 39, were only suspected of burglary in Palm Beach County, Florida, when police left them alone in the backseat of a patrol car. During their wait, though, apparently ignoring the video camera pointing at them, the pair rehearsed their phony alibis. (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-west-boynton-burglar-conversation-20141208-story.html)

AS MEAN AS HER DOGS

Ms. Emerald White’s four pit bulls were declared “dangerous” by authorities in Texas City, Texas, after they mauled a neighbor’s beagle to death. In retaliation, Ms. White filed suit for $1-million against the grieving dog’s owners, saying she’d been injured trying to restrain her dogs, caused by the neighbor’s failure to fix their common fence. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2838115/Woman-four-pit-bulls-killed-door-neighbor-s-pet-beagle-sue-1-million-suffered-injuries-trying-stop-them.html)

WHAT A SLIMY MAN

Benjamin Siegel, 40, owner of Coconut Creek, a reptile store in Deerfield, Fla., was accused, Dec. 2, 2014, of using a large lizard to hit employees in his store. Sigel is accused of placing the lizard (a bearded dragon) in his mouth, as well as throwing it and swinging it in the air and using it to strike his victims. He was charged with cruelty to an animal and two counts of battery. (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-deerfield-animal-cruelty-case-20150105-story.html)

KILL BEFORE RAPE SAVES PERVERT

Even though Gregory Graf, 53, admitted to murdering his stepdaughter in an attempt to have sex with her, he is not eligible for a death sentence. That’s because Graf videotaped himself in the act, proving the sex occurred after the girl died. And, since it would take two felonies for the death sentence, and rape of a corpse is only a misdemeanor (desecration of a body), his maximum sentence is life in prison. (Morning Call/Allentown, 12-5-14)

WONDER IF SHE NAMED THEM ALL?

Officials in St. Petersburg, Florida, finally convinced Florine Brown, 29, to remove the estimated 500-700 rats she catered to from her home. “I just want them to go to good homes,” Brown said. She was glad a local rat “shelter” would care for them temporarily. (http://www.wfla.com/story/27723078/st-pete-crews-begin-removing-hundreds-of-rats-from-home)

Sunday, March 1, 2015 –

THE FACTS, ONLY THE FACTS

(1) Victoria, TX, policeman Nathanial Robinson pulled over 76-year Peter Vasquez for having an expired inspection sticker. (2) Vasquez explained to Robinson, since his car still had its dealer tags, it was not in violation. (3) They disagreed and the officer shot the old man with his stun gun. (4) Officer Robinson was fired. (The AP, 1-6-15)

AH, GEE, MA…

Christian fundamentalist Julia Lovemore, 41, killed her 6-week-old daughter Faith by stuffing her mouth with bible pages, dousing her with white spirit and jumping up and down on her body. Earlier that same morning two health workers had visited the Milton, Mass. home, to find her husband in the grips of a psychotic episode shouting for the devil to be taken out of his wife. They left without even seeing Julia and didn’t arrange a formal assessment of the family. An hour later, Faith was dead. (Three years earlier, this mother had tried to smother her first child with a pillow.) (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2212227/NHS-blunders-allowed-religious-fanatic-mother-kill-week-old-baby-stuffing-pages-Bible-mouth.html)

THE WILD WEST IS EVERYWHERE

A yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN has found men and women who have never fired a gun can be hired as security guards, wear badges and carry loaded weapons with little or no training. Their analysis, released in December 2014, stated: 15 states require no firearm training at all; 46 ignore mental health status; nine do not check the FBI’s criminal background database; and 27 states fail to check whether an applicant is banned by federal law from even carrying a gun. (http://www.revealnews.org/article/americas-gun-toting-security-guards-may-not-be-fit-for-duty/)

ALWAYS “CHIP” YOUR PETS

Guess who traveled from Royal City, Washington, to West Township, Pennsylvania, between Dec. 19th and Dec. 24th 2014, for a total of 2,400 miles? That would be Penny, a floppy-eared Vizsla female doggie. After being found near her home by a truck driver and traveling to a truck stop in Des Moines, Iowa, somehow the young puppy ended up at Banfield Pet Hospital, in Pennsylvania; where her microchip was scanned. Lastly, Alaskan Airlines volunteered to fly Penny home for free. (WPXI, Pittsburgh)

AT LEAST HE KEEPS BUSY

After John Biehn, 39, appeared in court on an old DUI charge in Rockville, Connecticut, he was released on bail. Then, within the next 11 hours, he was arrested three more times in two different towns… twice for DUI and once for shoplifting. (Denver Post, 11-27-14)

THEY DAILY BATHE A SEMI-CORPSE

A recent law passed in India allows brain-dead patients to die naturally. This led some to think Aruna Shanbaug, age 66, who’d been unconscious for 41 years, after a brutal rape in 1973, should be allowed to go ahead and die. But her caretakers at KEM Hospital and Medical College said no, that she’d been like family since her family deserted her, several admitting they celebrated festivals in her room. FYI – Her attacker spent only 6 years in jail. (The AP, 1-4-15)

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Volume I of Weird, Bizarre and Unusual [Kindle Edition] is available on Amazon.com – Volume II will be coming soon, with Volume III, IV and V to follow.