It happened in Florida


Whenever I see a truly bizarre crime story, I immediately think "Pasco County, Florida." This is partly because I once worked as a crime reporter in Pasco -- where I reported on, among other things, a case of a hanged pet goat -- and partly because, well, there's a reason Fark has an entire category devoted to the state. So guess where this gruesome tale comes from?

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A woman's body was found wedged upside-down behind a bookcase in the home she shared with relatives who had spent nearly two weeks looking for her. A spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Mariesa Weber's death was not suspicious. Family members said they believe she fell over as she tried to adjust the plug of a television behind the bookshelf. Weber, 38, returned home Oct. 28 and greeted her mother, then wasn't seen again. Her family thought she had been kidnapped and contacted authorities. Family members scoured her room for clues but found nothing, though they did notice a strange smell.

Two thoughts. (1) Never never never plug something in where you can't reach it easily; even without the risk of death, it's annoying. (2) Isn't this basically what happened to the dad in Gremlins?