by Patch O'Furr
Every community has its crimes. This story is not unusual in that way. It’s just sad in a human way.
This small subculture has suffered at least a handful of murder stories – mostly on the victim side. This week, there’s word going around that an especially deadly mass shooting in California took a friend of the community.
There were unsolved double drive-by murders of Rrroofus and MetalHead in 1996 – considered a case of mistaken identity. In 2010, there was the death of “Starblade”. He was the inspiration for the “fuck you I’m a dragon!” meme, and an outcast who suffered fatal acquaintance violence after nobody believed his claim to be in danger. In 2015, domestic violence took the life of Sasha Tigress.
Some were more dramatic than deadly: In the UK in 2009, there was an absurd murder plot by two young lovers (all lived to tell, but some went to jail). The 2014 MWFF chlorine incident got at least one headline calling it attempted murder.
And then there’s a story so brutal and pathetic, that I’m sad to put it back in anyone’s memory since it ended in a murder conviction in 2011. If there’s anything good to see here, let it be loving family memories of the victim shining through.
Why now? It’s been over since 2011, and I don’t know anyone who has to do with it. It just came up as part of a short list of tragedies in the past. It seems like news reports left some things unclear. And the victim suffered disrepute and might deserve to have the story told right. This has bugged me for a long time.