It's a slow, post-holiday week in LFK so let's dip back into the true-crime archives and focus on some strange and upsetting incidents from recent years.
If you've spent much time around Wal-Marts, you'd swear that most of them were full of demon children, but this may have actually been the case in August of 2012 when "Adolfo and Deborah Gomez tied up and blindfolded their 5- and 7-year-old children in a Walmart parking lot in June because they believed the kids were possessed by demons." It's easy to doubt this, but first let's take a closer look at the parents' evidence:
"Gomez said he believed the 5-year-old boy was possessed by demons partly due to shifting of his eyebrows and sticking his tongue out and the fact that he was misbehaving toward the other children."
Clearly the work of demons, folks.
Full story here.
One of our favorite former LJ-World writers was Mr. Shaun Hittle and normally he covered cuddly stories about cute animals, but he found himself in the midst of a sordid tale when some fraternity bros tortured and killed a turkey at their annual "Turkey Pull" event in 2012 (apparently the "Turkey Pull" is normally a very polite and civilized affair?). The story received national attention and eventually the bros were sentenced to community service and made to pay a fine, though not suspended.
Here's an ad for one of the events.
And here's a logo cleverly included in the Examiner's piece on the incident.
And, for our money, LFK's most terrifying recent uncaptured villain is Hatchet Man, last spotted in April of this year when "a Lawrence resident was woken by a man standing in his bedroom holding a flashlight in one hand and a hatchet in the other...". Hatchet Man got away, and he hasn't appeared lately, but we know he's out there, biding his time, waiting to appear in your home with flashlight and hatchet.
Rest assured we're at work on a short "Hatchet Man" screenplay for inclusion in next year's Wild West Film Fest.