Two men attacked their fellow roommate and nearly killed him over a tattoo they thought he hadn’t earned. According to the Guardian on Thursday the two men were alleged Juggalos who felt their roommate didn’t deserve the Insane Clown Posse tattoo he was sporting on his arm.
The Huffington Post reports the initial fight began on Monday over how 31-year-old Zachary Swanson was treating his girlfriend. After Swanson allegedly “disrespected” the hip-hop group, his roommates Paul Martin Hurst, 33, and Cary Lee Edwards, 35, attacked him and attempted to carve out the ICP tattoo on his arm with a knife. After that attempt, they then covered the arm in a flammable liquid and set it on fire. According to the charging documents, they were still attempting to remove the tattoo that Edwards didn’t believe Swanson deserved.
According to CBS Detroit, Swanson was left alone on the floor of the apartment for several hours before he was found and then taken to a hospital. He was eventually flown to a burn unit in Baltimore.
When it was all over, Swanson had to have his burned arm amputated at the elbow, had bleeding in his brain, 11 broken ribs, a lacerated liver, swelling around his eyes and fractures in his face..
For their actions, the two men have been charged with attempted murder and assault as well as reckless endangerment. They are being held without bond.
In 2011, Juggalos were classified as a “gang” by the FBI and this does little to help the reputation of the group. Insane Clown Posse tried to sue the FBI over that distinction, but their lawsuit was thrown out of court.
Though many people joke about a group of superfans being designated as a gang, do these extreme actions cause you to think twice?