News of the Weird 2.0 (June 24, 2012)
News of the Weird 2.0
Two or Three Times a Week, Since May 21, 2012
Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
June 24, 2012
(datelines from June 11 or later) (links correct as of June 24)
Below are some recent mugshot-centric links. From time to time, some people ask me why don't I just copy the damned mugshot instead of forcing you to do the heavy lifting of making two mouse clicks. After all, they say, there are dozens of mugshot-intensive blogs in the blogosphere. Here are some short answers to the question (and I speak only for myself and not others who post on Weird Universe): (1) Though it's getting late in the life of the Internet, copyright issues for copying-versus-deep-linking have not yet been totally
resolved; it is unlikely, though not impossible, that often I would arguably be disturbing a news organization's sense of copyright, and as a writer with newspaper income, I must not do that. (2) Websites that load up on goofy mugshots are just click-whores, anyway, and that's not for me. (They do get some income based on the clicks, and unfortunately, that's apparently not for me, either.) (3) I am primarily an editor-writer, producing prose for readers.
Though my prose quality is mediocre, it would still be a leap for me to image-up my copy, to search-engine-optimize it, just to meet expectations of those out blog-browsing (and not really "reading"). Visitors who browse for images, or who demand their knowledge and entertainment only by headline, have a gazillion choices, and I don't need to compete with those. (4) Often, the entertainment value of seeing the mugshot is enhanced after
you know, briefly, what the story is--more than just by the initial shock value of seeing a goofy picture.
OK. On to the mugshot-oriented links. Tomorrow, non-mugshot-oriented news!
Your Daily Jury Duty
[In America, you're presumed innocent . . until the mug shot is released]
Did she do it? This chick, charged with larceny, might have a body (face) language problem. The Smoking Gun
Orlando: Juergen Heinricher was discovered Sanduskying with his girlfriend's kids in a swimming pool. WESH-TV
Springfield, Mass.: Police say this family man was negotiating with a street gal while his wife was waiting in their van. WVIT-TV
(New Britain, Conn.)
Orlando: A well-known downtown homeless guy, Ronald Walsh, 35, was charged with assault, but Walsh sees it differently. Orlando Sentinel
Fort Smith, Ark: Thomas Morgan, 47, who goes by his stage name, Sondance the Clown, confirmed suspicions by being arrested for his stash of child porn. (Scroll down at the link for the unadulterated Morgan mugshot.) KHBS-TV
Ocala, Fla.: What's the problem, officer, asked Joseph Conn, 49? I always sunbathe naked . . in public view . . while holding a "sex toy." Gainesville Sun
Santa Cruz, Calif.: If Craig Souza, 34, came to your door, would you buzz him in? Well, he got buzzed out
, no questions asked . . at a police station, while being booked for a probation violation. Santa Cruz Sentinel
Deltona, Fla.: Add Kelsey Smith to the "People Who Are Messed Up" file. Daytona Beach News-Journal
Thanks to the mighty NOTW Board of Editorial Advisors.
Listed in chronological order. Newest comments at the end.
Looks like Chuck was pickin' on the F state a bit hard.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/24/12 at 12:57 PM
1: Guilty. She looks innocent enough. Except for the smirk.
2: Guilty. Looks the part, too.
3: Guilty. Put him in his wife's custody. Hand her a cast iron skillet and a package of grits.
5: Guilty. Looks scarier without the makeup.
6: Guilty. See #2. Maybe we can arrange for them to bunk together.
7: Guilty on the drug charges. Not guilty on the escape deal: who wouldn't allow Dick van Dyke's weird nephew through the door?
8: Guilty of Aggravated messed up.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 06/24/12 at 01:55 PM
1 I bet she is no good at poker.
2 He looks like Jaba the Hut. I bet steroids were involved.
3 I agree with Scot on this one.
4 Eye think he is guilty.
5 Clowns are just so wrong.
6 Should have posed him with the sex toy!
7 What the hell is the pink stuff on his face?
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 06/24/12 at 10:57 PM
#4 I don't think everyone should be taking sides in this BUM FIGHT! "Unofficial Ambassador"? He sounds like a homeless bum who robs tourists! Eye-gor looks pretty disabled too if you ask me. Fetal alcohol syndrome if I had to guess. I bet McKnight was always begging him for cigarettes.
I rule it was a fair fight.
Posted by BHicks on 06/24/12 at 11:34 PM
Re: "Editor's Note"
Hey, Chuck, you're doing the right thing. I'm not too lazy to do two extra clicks, especially after you've already done all of the really hard lifting by letting us know where to click in the first place. If anybody else is too lazy to do that, well that's a personal problem.
Keep up the good work. A day without "News of the Weird" is like a day without sunshine. LOL
Posted by PaganVandal in Indiana, USA on 06/25/12 at 01:41 AM
That's the first time I've seen the term "Sanduskying". Did you coin that yourself?
Posted by MSA in FLA on 06/25/12 at 07:53 AM
The Urban Dictionary has had it up since Nov. 7, 2011.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/25/12 at 08:55 AM
Editors note Thank so very Much, your point well very well stated. I can read i jusdt do not type very well.
Posted by Tony in Erie Pa on 06/25/12 at 10:30 AM
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