Wednesday, March 17, 2004

People are really fucked up!

This was in the New York Post today. I have no witty comment, but I felt compelled to share.

A delusional man who apparently believed he was Jesus Christ built a wooden cross and tried to nail his hands to it in a horrific bid to re-create the crucifixion, police say.

But after hammering a spike through one palm, the man realized there was no way to hammer his other hand to the cross - so he dragged himself to the phone to dial 911 with his free hand.

Asked if he'd recently seen "The Passion of the Christ," the 23-year-old man, from Hartland, Maine, answered no, but said he had been "seeing pictures of God on the computer."

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office has classified the incident as a suicide attempt.

The gruesome incident began when the man, whom the cops would not identify, took two pieces of wood, nailed them together in the form of a cross and laid them on his living-room floor.

Then he tacked a sign reading "SUICIDE" to the wood and proceeded to nail one of his hands to the cross, using a 3 1/2-inch nail and a hammer. But as he gushed blood, he faced a dilemma - he couldn't finish the deed because he didn't have a free hand.

"When he realized that he was unable to nail his other hand to the board, he called 911," said Lt. Pierre Boucher, adding it was unclear whether the man was seeking assistance for his injury or looking for help in nailing down his other hand.

Rescuers cut off the wood while it was still attached to the man's hand and rushed him to Sebasticook Valley Hospital, where the spike was pulled out.

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