Stories in True can almost always stand on their own, without illustration. But now and then, a photo really adds to the story. In the case of a so-called “beauty queen” law student who allegedly committed a major crime, it is definitely enhanced by a couple of photos. First, the story, from the 6 January 2008 issue.
(Trust me: Scroll down slowly! Read the story first, then scroll down to see the first picture, and then go down to see the second one. Really — it’s worth it.)
More Like Half-Bright
Police in Tucson, Ariz., say that beauty queen Kumari Fulbright, 25, now a law student at the University of Arizona, aided three men in the abduction, robbery and torture of her former boyfriend. She allegedly lured the unnamed 24-year-old man into a house, and the three men burst into the room and tied him up with plastic wire ties and duct tape. Fulbright then “bit him several times while he was bound, stuck a butcher knife in his ear and said she was going to kill him, [and] pointed a pistol at him,” court documents say. After about 10 hours, the man was able to grab Fulbright’s gun and escape. Fulbright, who ran for Miss Arizona, was named Miss Pima County in 2005 and Miss Desert Sun in 2006. (Arizona Daily Star) …It’s just a guess, but I’ll bet she never was named “Miss Congeniality”.
A “beauty queen” should have some pretty nice photos in her portfolio, and here’s one of them to help compare with her mugshot:
Now, brace yourself for the follow-up photo. Swallow any hot coffee first so you don’t spray it on your monitor or keyboard….
It’s apparently standard practice in Tucson to drape a suspect’s clothing with a sheet. Adds a spookiness to an already creepy shot, doesn’t it?
December 2010 Update
In a plea bargain, Fulbright, now 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and aggravated assault. In exchange she was sentenced to two years in prison (less the 369 days already served), six years of probation after her release, and $15,000 in restitution.
If Fulbright violates her probation, she could face up to 12-1/2 years of additional prison time. And sorry, east coasters: when she’s released from prison in Arizona, she has the judge’s permission to move to the weirdest state in the union — Florida — to serve her probation.
Drugs were still not mentioned.
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