Texas inmate plucks out eye, eats it

Thomas_narrowweb__300x4150 Before his Texas murder trial, Andre Thomas, pulled out his right eye, claiming to be mentally ill.

The judge said he was competent. He was convicted in the stabbing deaths of his estranged wife and two young kids - he had ripped out their hearts.

Last month, he plucked out his left eye. (The picture at left appears to be before the latest incident.)

He told officers - who found him in his cell with blood on his face - that he ate it.                

"Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it," Jason Clark, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice told the Associated Press. He has been taken to a prison psychiatric unit.

Said his trial attorney, Bobbie Peterson-Cate: "He is insane and mentally ill. It is exactly the same reason he pulled out the last one."

Thomas is on death row for the grisly murders of his estranged wife, 4-year-old son and 13-month old daughter.

Thomas stabbed them to death and ripped out their hearts. He then took the hearts with him and put them in a bag before throwing them in the trash.

Then we went to a police station and tried to stab himself.

* Thanks Shelley for the tip.

'Burn his penis so it belongs to me'

Heartonfirescreensaverscreenshot An Australian woman has been charged with murder after setting her husband's penis on fire, killing him.

Rajini Narayan, 44, allegedly got jealous after seeing her husband hug another woman. After her husband went to sleep, Narayan doused his genitals in alcohol and lit him on fire.

The blaze also caused about $700,000 worth of damage to their townhouse.

Police said Narayan told them: "I just wanted to burn his penis so it belongs to me and no one else." 

This story takes last week's penis-biting several steps too far.

*Thanks to Lisa's lede list for the tip

Our holiday recap

We at the Crime Blog have been a little delinquent over the holidays.

We're sorry.

Here's two odd stories we didn't get to:

The first an apology from a man who spent Christmas squatting in a strangers house.

Not exactly the present you want to wake up to.

Stanley Stanley Carter, 21, apparently lived in the attic of a Pennsylvania home after friends in a neighboring unit kicked him out.

Carter stole food, clothing, cash and Christmas presents and kept a list of the take, calling it "Stanley's Christmas List.''

His public defender, Basil Russin, said he's "very sorry and upset it happened. He was very peaceful up there and kept to himself,'' the AP reported.

The second story comes from Bismarck, N.D., where a 17-year-old called to report that she was driving drunk.

Said police Lt. Randy Ziegler: "I've never heard of such a thing happening, and neither has anyone here.''

She told police where she was, and they found her in a parked car.

She was arrested for failing to have control of her vehicle while intoxicated.

Drugged holy water makes Top 10 border busts

Everyone loves Top 10 lists as we head into the New Year. Here's one from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, highlighting its newsiest busts of 2008:

Download cbps_top_10_enforcement_events_of_2008.htm

Think my favorite is No. 10, where a dude tried to bring bottles of "holy water" in through the U.S.-Canada border in upstate New York.

Upon further review, the holy water turned out to be liquid ketamine, the animal tranquilizer sometimes used as a human date-rape drug.

Man steals fire truck to get to mom for Christmas

FiretruckSome people will go to great lengths to get home for Christmas.

A Utah man decided to steal a $500,000 fire truck for the ride.

While he tried to drive off in the massive rig he hit the horn.

The blaring noise alerted the firefighters, who were on a medical call at the time.

He tried to put the truck in reverse and almost hit an ambulance. Then he scuffled with firefighters trying to restrain him.

"Both my firefighters were engaged in a brawl with this guy,'' South Salt Lake Fire Chief Steve Foote told the Deseret News. "It was a pretty hairy scene there for a while.''

The 25-year-old man told authorities, he just wanted to get to Washington "to see his mom on Christmas.''

He might be spending Christmas in a jail cell instead - he was booked on two counts of assault on emergency medical workers, criminal mischief and unauthorized control of a vehicle.

Fla. woman jailed after biting hubby's penis

Let's get this out right off the bat: There is nothing funny about domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Now, let's talk about this story out of Deltona: A 27-year-old woman was arrested after biting her husband's penis because she didn't want to have sex with him.

Charris Bowers (click the link above for a pic) told police she and husband Delou came home from a bar Friday night when Delou took off his clothes and tried to force himself on her.

Charris says she bit her husband's penis to get him away from her. The responding police officer saw the private-part injuries, photographed them for evidence, and charged Charris with misdemeanor battery.

*Thanks to Crime Scene's own Jen for the tip. Feel better, partner.

Man dies after ride with cop

Mcdonalds A drifter named Anibal Ocasio flagged down a police officer near Indianapolis on Sunday night. Because it was freezing outside and Ocasio wasn't wearing warm clothes, the cop told Ocasio to get in his cruiser to warm up.

The officer then dropped off Ocasio at a nearby McDonald's, where his body was discovered the next morning by a garbage hauler. He died of natural causes.

The Indy Star reports that the cop wasn't able to drive Ocasio where he wanted to go because it was out of the cop's district, so he figured McDonald's would be the next best thing. The officer, a volunteer reserve Hamilton County deputy, did nothing wrong but feels bad about what happened, his bosses say.

Said department spokeswoman Vicky Dunbar: "We're not a taxi service." 

*Thanks to David for the tip.

Oldest prisoner's rap sheet "like a book"

Naau837_rememb_dv_20081219165015 The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting obit over the weekend, memorializing Nicholas Montos, who died this month at 92 -- the oldest prisoner in Massachusetts.

Montos' criminal career began when he stole a saxophone at age 14 and stretched seven decades. He served time in Alcatraz, escaped from chain gangs and twice found himself on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

His specialty was cracking safes -- and it turned out to be his last act of criminal mischief.

According to the obit, Montos was 78 years old in 1995 when he tried to break in to the safe at a Newton, Mass., antiques store. The granny who owned the shop smacked Montos over the head with a bat, and the coppers hauled him off to jail, where he died Dec. 3, 2008.

*Thanks to Taylor for the tip.

Hollywood PD sends cards to naughty

Holidaycard_page_1_2Gang members in Hollywood will get holiday well wishes from an unlikely source - the
police department.

The greeting cards (at left) are being sent to about 50 "at risk youth'' who said they were in a gang at the time of their arrest.

Along with the typical holiday pleasantries, the cards include addresses and phone numbers of the local Boys & Girls Club and Police Athletic League. It's the first year the department has sent the cards.

This from the press release sent out by the police department:

"The card contains a public service announcement in the form of a simple message. The message states that there are safe places to spend their free time and lists community based programs geared towards at risk youth.''

Man holds another at knife point - for eggbeater

EggbeaterOutside of work, Evan and I both spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

But I think I speak for both of us when I say neither of us has ever gotten this urge:

Two armed men - one with a knife and the other a pistol - broke into a man's home just before 4 a.m. and demanded his eggbeater.

You read that correctly - his eggbeater.

Did I mention they held a knife to the man's throat?

Police in Plant City arrested Robert Eugene Thompson and Taurus Deshane Morris. The eggbeater was in Thompson's back pocket.

 
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