When you follow the weird news trail, you turn down a lot of dark, dirty roads.
After I reported late last year on Diane Sue Whalen, an Oklahoma woman who allegedly sold tapes of herself having sex with her dog, I never thought I'd see so many human-on-dog sex investigations.
In April, we had the arrest of Caroline Willette, a 53-year-old woman also charged with starring in her own dog sex videos.
I made the point then that Willitte was not charged with bestiality because, like 15 other states, Florida does not specifically ban this hideous crime -- and that's something state lawmakers are looking to change.
Shortly after, in early May, Oregon police arrested 20-year-old Brandon Vongthongthrip on 200 counts of animal sexual assault, after he allegedly admitted to having sex with his pet Pit Bull Rocky more than 400 times over a five-year period.
Now, we are faced with Bradley Brainard, a 49-year-old plumber from Atascadero, Calif., who was under investigation for selling drugs to prison inmates when police say they found something far more disturbing -- video of him performing oral sex on his dog.
'It's Something I Never Should've Gotten Into'
Police allege they found video of Brainard "on a bed, naked, wearing a woman's brassiere along with a chocolate Labrador" whom he was masturbating and orally copulating, according to an arrest warrant quoted in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
Brainard's response to the paper: "It's something I got into that I never should have gotten into."
These charges are nothing to laugh at, and I include them here because one of the purposes of weird news is to look at the outer fringes of society, the parts we otherwise might ignore.
You'll find pictures of all these troubling characters in the Weird Crime Mug Shot Hall of Shame.
Can the news get any more gross? Well . . . yes.
Emily Beth McDonald, a Texas mother of three, was allegedly caught on hospital videotape putting feces into her three-year-old daughter's IV line. The 23-year-old woman now faces the charge of injury to a child, a felony that carries a life sentence.
Before the incident, McDonald had written a 200 word essay in the Austin American Statesman in which she talks about her depression after delivering the child in a premature birth.
In one of the most tragic stories of the week, an Egyptian man turned a knife on himself after his family denied him permission to marry the woman he loved. She was of a lower social class, and that was the deal-breaker. After pleading with his folks for two years, he cut off his penis and mutilated his testicles. Wasn't romance just more dignified (if not just as tragic) when Shakespeare wrote Romeo & Juliet?
On that note, have a nice day. Don't let the state of the economy, the environment or swine flu get you down. There's always something more disturbing to worry about.
- 153 Times . . . and Counting: One week after completing a year-long sentence for stealing a $1.99 can of beer, Paul Baldwin is back behind bars (Prison)
- Good News for Gay Love Birds: A German zoo reports that two adult male penguins are now happy fathers, having hatched an egg rejected its the biological parents (Man vs. Beast)
- Super Rats: Britain's rat population, now estimated at 80 million, is exploding, and a university says these critters have developed a poison-resistant gene through natural selection (Rodent Report)
Weird News Highlights
Photo Credit: Bradley Brainard (Top), courtesy of San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office; Bottom: Emily Beth McDonald (Bottom) Austin Police Dept.
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