Friday, March 8, 2013

Is There a 'Ballad of Russell Brothers' Yet?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Over at the City Paper, they have the latest on Russell Brothers, who I suspect is the inspiration for The Most Interesting Man in the World.

On Thursday, Brothers was indicted on five counts, including weapons charges and obstructing justice. From the City Paper:

Brothers, 75, has had previous brushes with the law. In the 1990's he was convicted of drug smuggling and money laundering, once allegedly stole a friend’s plane and held it for ransom, and most recently crash-landed a vintage 1961 Beechcraft twin-engine plane at the closed Cornelia Fort Airpark on a return flight from Miami but left without reporting it.

I'm bummed that there's not more about the plane hostage-taking. I mean, the threat is, "Give me [whatever] or you'll never see your beloved plane again," right? So how did he intend on getting rid of the plane if the ransom didn't get paid? It's not like you can just shoot a plane. Was he going to dismantle it and then leave it on the curb for bulk garbage pick-up?

Someone needs to write a song about this dude filled with all the pertinent information for those of us who are curious. It's kind of a bummer that he's looking at finishing out his life in prison. Not that I'm condoning a life of crime, but, by all accounts, he's a genuinely colorful character and it's a shame to lose that city asset.

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