Juggalo suspects

Insane Clown Posse have hundreds of thousands of fans across the country, and there’s always a temptation to damn the entire group because there are some fucked up individuals in there. (It’s what ICP tried to sue the FBI for doing.) But wow, there are some fucked up individuals in there. So here’s a lurid story from Maryland’s Eastern shore: One man has lost an arm, allegedly because two others didn’t believe he’d “earned” the tattoo on it.

DelMarVa Now reports that 33-year-old Paul Martin Hurst and 35-year-old Cary Lee Edwards are facing first-degree attempted murder charges and being held without bond for what they did to their Hebron, Maryland housemate, 31-year-old Zachary Swanson. According to Wicomico County sheriff Mike Lewis, Swanson was “severely beaten and nearly killed” with a “stick-like weapon,” possibly the handle of a yard tool. They also set Swanson’s arm on fire and used knives on it in an attempt to “forcibly carve out a unique tattoo.” They then left him on the ground for several hours without medical treatment, though Edwards eventually helped drive him to the hospital. Swanson’s arm was amputated below the elbow, and he also suffered brain bleeding, fractures, and 11 broken ribs.

The story, the way it’s being told in the press is that the two suspects thought that Swanson had disrespected Insane Clown Posse in some way and that he didn’t deserve to keep his tattoo. That’s probably an oversimplification; they were also reportedly mad at the way Swanson treated his girlfriend, who is Edwards’ sister. Still: Yikes.

Comments (20)
  1. Reading that quickly, I thought the roommates were mad this guy got a girlfriend … which makes a TON of sense.

  2. “I order food just to stab the guy when he gets there, I don’t care. I stab anybody anywhere.” OWWWOOOOOOOOO!

  3. Did the FBI just get validated?

    • Only if two guys kicking the shit out of their roommate constitutes gang activity.

      • Yeah, I was just kidding. The gang thing is absurd.

        • Just wait until it’s revealed that the tattoo had something to do with Insane Clown Posse. Beating someone up over a tattoo that was not “earned” is the same kind of stupid crap that a gang would do. If you walk through a gang’s territory while wearing their colors and you are not considered a member, you will be assaulted. Even if Insane Clown Posse themselves do not condone these or similar activities, the best we can say is that the duo known as Insane Clown Posse are not gang leaders. Juggalos, however, routinely act like thugs and move in packs. If it walks like a duck…

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  5. Strange – I’ve always trusted Juggalos to remove my tattoos in a responsible manner

  6. cbishop  |   Posted on Aug 8th +28

    On the plus side, he doesn’t have that shitty ICP tattoo anymore.

  7. I got stranded in a small town in rural Maryland last week and ended up eating the worst grilled cheese sandwich of my life in a diner filled with thousands *THOUSANDS* of framed pictures of Marilyn Monroe. There was another couple in the diner. The wife was in a wheelchair and looked like the woman in the house at the end of “True Detective.” The husband looked like Dennis Hopper. From what I could tell they were mostly trading stories about bad produce, but at some point they started talking about their children in the past tense, as in, “I wanted the best for those kids,” and, “You try your hardest to discipline them…” Then right before we left, I became aware that Dennis Hopper was muttering a story in which every statement was punctuated with the word “bitch.” The story ended with the sentence, “She was only 8-years-old at the time.”

    I don’t mean to insult Maryland. I’m sure this kind of thing happens everywhere.

  8. I think somebody got ICP and PCP mixed up.

  9. Really surprised I didn’t read something about bath salts or bad molly being involved in this story. Yikes is right.

  10. it would be sweet if the guy with one arm went and re-got the tattoo on his other arm. fo realz though that would be tight.

  11. Tight yo. OWWWOOOOOOO!

  12. There’s actually a card you can get for this very occasion

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