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Well, that certainly explains it!

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Dec. 2, 2014

  Well, that certainly explains it!

Plausible: (1) George Byrd IV was charged in September in Middletown, Pennsylvania, with shooting a gun into an occupied structure when he fired a round that accidentally broke a neighbor's window. Byrd told police that he fired because it was the only way he knew to "unload" the gun. (2) Police in Bayonne, France, were contemplating charges in October against Kappa Clinic anesthetist Helga Wauters, 45, after a patient died from an improperly placed breathing tube. Wauters, appearing inebriated, said she requires vodka so that she doesn't "shake" when she works. (3) Lisa Roche, 41, was arrested in Jackson County, Mississippi, in October allegedly burglarizing students' cars at East Central High School. She told police she was only searching out "members of ISIS." [Bucks County Courier Times, 9-27-2014] [The Local (Paris), 10-14-2014] [Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.), 10-3-2014]

"Too Stupid": When U.K. newspaper executive Rebekah Brooks was arrested in 2011 in the notorious "News of the World" phone-hacking case, so was her husband. Charles Brooks was ultimately acquitted after convincing a jury that he is "too stupid" to have been part of such a complicated case. However, in October 2014, after Charles petitioned under British acquittal rules to have his legal fees reimbursed, Judge John Saunders turned him down -- citing Charles' admitted stupidity in causing prosecutors to suspect him in the first place. (As Rebekah was being arrested, Charles aroused suspicion by clumsily trying to hide his pornography collection in a parking garage.) [New York Times, 10-16-2014]

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