Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Headless Body Makes National Headlines

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Finally, a Nashville news story captures the attention of the national media that doesn't involve gun laws, bars, trampling LGBT rights, intelligent design, foolish comments, the Tennessee legislature or some combination thereof. What might it be? Our rebound from a record-setting heat wave?

Oh, wait, it's this:

WKRN-TV in Nashville reports that police arrested 37-year-old Henry Baxter for the murder of his adoptive father last Friday, but that's not the weird part.

The victim's headless body was discovered Thursday in a vacant lot by a mail carrier. His head was found the next morning in a garbage can. That's not the weird part.

The body was identified as that of 48-year-old Erman Thompson after Baxter, Thompson's tattoo artist and murderer (and son), verified his tattoos for police. That's not the weird part.

Thompson was only 11 years older than his adoptive son. That's not the weird part.

One of Thompson's tattoos was of the letters "FTW" on his left shoulder. That, though, is not the weird part.

Baxter shot and killed Thompson after the two had an argument about Thompson's wife (Baxter's adoptive mother). Baxter subsequently beheaded Thompson with a shovel. That's not the weird part. ...

Thanks, Gawker. More here from the CP.

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