Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bath salts, Goats, Bras, and a Drug Problem.

In my continuing search for the weirdest crimes, I found a good one.

Mark Thompson was high on bath salts and got
really weird. Photo from the Kanawha County
W. Virginia Sheriff's office.
It seems a guy in West Virginia got high on bath salts, stole a neighbors pygmy goat, got dressed in a bra and panties, brought his new friend the goat home and killed it. Hoo-boy.  The Charleston (W.Virginia) Gazette had what had to be the most wild first sentence of a news story the publication has ever printed.

Here it is:

"Police say an Alum Creek man high on bath salts killed his neighbor's pygmy goat and that neighbors found him in his bedroom, dressed in a bra and panties, next to the dead animal, said Lt. Bryan Stover of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department."

As a journalist, I would almost kill to write a story like that.
The suspect, Mark Thompson, 19, has to be more than mortified, given how his story and picture is rocketing across the Internet worldwide. Quite a way to get famous, no?

This is hilarious, and I got a laugh at this weirdness, but as I dug deeper, it turns out this incident is part of a big new drug problem.

I never realized bath salts represent a serious drug issue until now. Apparently, there is stuff sold as bath salts everywhere, but people take them to get high, often with disasterous results, according to ABC News. 

ABC says people do really weird things on bath salts what with the hallucinations and such they cause. Exhibit A appears to be our buddy Mark Thompson.  Bath salts are advertised as such and are legal, for now, but they're advertised with a wink and a nod. You buy "bath salts" to take a bath, ha ha, but then you go home and get high.

Just great. Another creative way to cause drug issues, crime, injuries and death. And think about it. Thompson has to live with this forever. As I said, it's all over the Internet.

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