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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

Every man has a limit beyond which it's dangerous to push him. For the British man in today's story, that limit was destroying his doll collection.

30-year-old Rickie La-Touche was found guilty of strangling his wife, who he said had damaged his extensive collection of Star Wars toys.

He met his wife in a bar while on vacation in Bangkok in 2001. They became involved and eventually married on his fourth visit to Thailand in 2003.

But La-Touche told a court that 28-year-old Pornpilai Srisroy had made his life hell. He claimed that Srisroy had previously hit him with with a pool cue, and had threatened to kill him while he was asleep and "cut him up and eat him." She also threatened to leave him and return to her native Thailand, in La Touche's account.

Then, one fateful morning last year, La-Touche showed up at his mother's house in an agitated state. When his mother asked him what was wrong, he replied he had "killed her".

He told the court his wife had damaged most of his collection of Star Wars memorabilia, which he had built up since he was a child and was worth thousands of pounds. "She's put me through it before," he said. "I couldn't let that happen again. I then just remember getting up from on top of her."

La-Touche denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 12 years.


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*----------- Dude, Where's My Cooler? -----------*

Police in Washington state said a cooler donated to a Goodwill store turned out to contain something far more valuable -- $24,000 worth of marijuana. Monroe police said workers at the local Goodwill were sorting through donations during the weekend when they came across the cooler. "This cooler was donated over the weekend to the Goodwill. Employees surprised when they opened the lid," police tweeted. The cooler was found to contain multiple baggies containing a total 3.75 pounds of marijuana, which police estimated had a $24,000 street value. Police are investigating and the Goodwill store is checking surveillance footage to try to identify the person who donated the cooler.


*--- Piano Found to Have Hidden Stash of Gold ---*

A British inquest is being held to determine the rightful owners of a stash of gold coins found inside an antique piano during restoration efforts. The Shrewsbury Coroner's Court heard a repair worker hired by the instrument's new owners discovered someone had previously stashed an undisclosed number of gold coins inside the upright piano -- coins that date between 1847 and 1915. The hoard was initially brought to the attention of Peter Reavill, who serves as finds liaison officer for the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme at Shropshire Museums. Reavill did not reveal the worth of the coins, but he told the BBC they represent "the potential of yielding a life-changing sum of money." Experts said the gold could become the property of the crown under the Treasure Act if the rightful owners are not identified.

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Lewis, A Prius only weighs a little over 3000 lbs, not 6000 lbs, although that doesn’t make what the child did much less amazing. -Mac
[Well, it could have been a typo, or maybe it was in one of those weird European measurement systems like kilos or quatros or pesos or something.]

That quote was from Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, 1985, starring Fred Ward in the title role; however, it was Joel Grey's character Chiun who said the line. -Chris
[That's right, and thanks to the couple dozen or so readers who wrote in with a similar answer. I did get a few bizarre answers like; clockwork orange and back to the future. I don't know why. If you don't know the answer, why guess? This isn't a contest. I'd just like to know how many weirdoes are out there with the same taste in obscure movies as me.]

Lewis, that line was from Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. All you have to do is google your quotes. -Kerri
[Congratulations. You've figured out how to use the Internet. Now that you've learned about IMDB just wait until you discover online porn.]

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