Crucified himself to win her heart back

This guy would have qualified as someone whose love life is worse than yours (to paraphrase Chuck's term). I wonder how many years of counseling the son needed after this.

From the LA Times - Jun 2, 1935.

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 07, 2014
     Category: 1930s

If he called it 'Performance Art', he wouldn't even get a mayhem charge.

I've never heard of a 'Mayhem' charge. Is it worse than criminal mischief?
Posted by BMN on 06/07/14 at 09:47 PM
According to Black's Law Dictionary the charge of mayhem means "more money in the lawyers' pockets".
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/07/14 at 11:04 PM

It's been explained to me that if you attack someone with the intention of inflicting pain, it's battery. If your intention is to cripple them, it's mayhem.

I think assault and battery laws require that you hurt someone else. By being part of a conspiracy (he enlisted his son), he can be guilty of mayhem even though he's the one who's hurt. If he had any long-term loss of movement in his hand, it'd probably qualify as mayhem.

Assault, battery, and assault and battery can be misdemeanors. Mayhem is almost always a felony.

The authorities wanted to charge him for the same reason that it's illegal to commit suicide -- it's a reason to lock him up until they figure out what to do with him, and they can hold the charges over his head to make him agree to whatever they decided.
Posted by Phideaux on 06/07/14 at 11:10 PM
It's usually our wives who crucify or kill us slowly one tiny bit at a time. They like to see us suffer instead of a having a quick death.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 06/08/14 at 02:25 AM
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