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You’re Soaking In It

Mark Thompson, 19, of Alum Creek, W.Va., is accused of stealing his next-door neighbor’s pygmy goat. Lisa Powers, the goat’s owner, said another neighbor called her nephew at 3:15 in the morning to report the crime, and he went over to retrieve the animal. But when he and two female friends arrived at Thompson’s house, “they opened the door and [Thompson] was standing there with his pants down,” Powers said. They noticed Thompson was wearing a bra and panties, and “the goat was dead and there was blood everywhere. It was just a scene.” Thompson has been charged with animal cruelty. A veterinarian is doing a necropsy on the dead goat, in part to search for “signs of sexual trauma,” said detective Cpl. Sean Snuffer. Thompson told investigators he was on a three-day high — on “bath salts”. Newspaper reports didn’t explain what that meant. (RC/Charleston Gazette) ...Because they didn’t know, and were too lazy to research it.
Author’s Note: The term describes a number of recreational “designer” street drugs. The name derives from instances in which the drugs were sold disguised as true bath salts. The drugs’ packaging often states “not for human consumption” in an attempt to circumvent drug prohibition laws.
Original Publication Date: 22 May 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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