Blood sport? Gettin’ religion.
Oh, the horror! (Updated story)
Make that bloody spot.
His next book title will be “I Was Wrong”?
Or “The Irony of Life”?
Or maybe not – someone did stop to help.
Raymond Dolin, a 39-year-old man from West Virginia, is inspired by the kindness of people and is hitchhiking across the states to gather anecdotes for a book, “The Kindness of America”.
He had made it close to Glasgow, Montana about 6 on Saturday night. Simply sitting on the side of a road eating dinner and waiting for his next ride.
Down the road came not the Lone Ranger on a fiery steed to assist, but a lone stranger in a maroon pickup. No mask or sidekick, but a gun.
A man alone on an isolated road. A mysterious stranger drives up.
The stuff slumber party legends are made of!
Just like shooting a bunny in a box.
Out of random meanness?
Sure there’s some logical explanation.
(Uh, we’re waiting – it’s surely coming soon – that lawyer on the phone?)
Fortunately for Dolin, SOME people are kind.
Someone driving by saw Dolin bleeding and stopped.
Dolin is now in the hospital in Glasgow, Montana.
And apparently SOME people are not too smart.
The shooter stopped and asked directions from a man just down the road.
The maroon truck was spotted driving in Poplar. Then not far away in Culbertson.
Within 4 hours, the driver 52-year-old Charles Lloyd Danielson III, of Washington, was arrested in connection with the shooting: Suspicion of felony assault with a weapon and driving under the influence.
Who knows why he shot the hitchhiker.
They didn’t know each other.
Wrong place at wrong time?
Mean “Bakken Scum”? (Did he even work at the Bakken Oil Fields?)
Hate crime against writers?
Just a bloody mystery.
UPDATE: June 15. We’ve got that “logical explanation” now!
Dolan shot himself!
According to Valley County Sheriff’s office, Dolan shot himself in a ”desperate act of self-promotion”. Here’s the story: “Montana authorities say hitchhiker shot himself”. Dolan has not been arrested, but he has confessed. The gun has been recovered. Just the day before, the would be author talked with AP about his planned memoir.
Just when you think things can’t get any stranger!
What a horror story!
As odd as one convict out for blood in the name of religion.
A prison inmate, Courtney Royal, has sued Texas prison personnel for violating his civil rights as a vampire.
Yes, bloody religious beliefs.
Serving a life sentence for all sorts of things: aggravated assault, robbery, and escape among others.
This lawsuit started 2 years ago and made its way to the New Orleans 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
He’s carefully worked on his presentation: a 9 page single spaced typewritten document.
(He realized legibility is important.
If you can’t read it, it can’t get graded)
The Court must have thought his document was more clear than his argument. They tossed it as frivolous.
Frivolous – not frightening.
Royal is probably regrouping.
(Plenty of time to think in prison.)
Distressed he can’t practice ”West African spiritualism and 18th Century Catholicism” including prayers to “Africans reincarnated by blood”?
He feels this philosophy isn’t so different form Christian belief - also “unproven”, he says.
Annoyed recent movies and books have made Vampires more of a hobby than a religion?
Sorry Mr. Royal “Vampsh Black Sheep League of Doom Gardamun Family Circle Master Vampire High Priest”.
So what’s his next move?
Scaring up friends on Facebook?
Asking Hollywood celebrities for support?
Working on a script for a blockbuster movie deal?
Authorities may want to keep an eye on what he’s reading.
Keep him away from those Karankawa Indian articles.
Might give him ideas.
OK. So they weren’t really cannibals.
So they only ceremonially ate the flesh of dead or dying enemies as the ultimate revenge and a way to capture the enemy’s courage.
If he started thinking in that direction it could cause problems.
- He’s bound to already wrestle and try to demonstrate physical strength.
- Next he’ll be demanding yaupon leaves to brew ceremonial “black drink”.
- Next he’ll be typing another appeal.
- He might claim to be a descendant. (The tribe was pretty much gone by 1858, but that’s not so long ago…especially for a vampire.)
Couldn’t do that, you say?
Well, there’s precedence for claiming heritage. That Elizabeth Warren out of Oklahoma.
People screaming for blood over that one.
A bloody mess. No mystery there.
So the summer’s new legends of horror begin.
Best watch out for isolated unkindness and anyone looking for blood.
Leaving a bright light on for ya’,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
Read more or watch news VIDEO:
Huffington Post. “Raymond Dolin, Hitchhiker Writing ‘The Kindness of American,’ Allegedly shot by Charles Danielson”