Saturday, February 23, 2008

At a loss for words

Something is compelling me to share this story with you, dear reader, but at the same time I can think of nothing to say about it. I want to make a joke, but joking just seems wrong--very wrong:

The victim's mother, Teresa Emery, said her son rejoined her at the cash register with the man after she asked store staff to page him over the loudspeakers. Over his clothes he was wearing white coveralls designated for LDS temple wear, she said.
"He can barely dress himself on his own," Emery said. "[The man] basically had to force him to do that."
When the man offered to pay for the jumpsuit at the cash register, Emery tried to take it off her son. When she unzipped it, she said, the man intervened.
"He zips it back up and buckles it . . . right in front of me," Emery said. "He says, 'I want to buy this for you.' . . . He hugged him and told him he'd see him again, that he loved him."
Emery said she had never seen the man before. The man returned to the dressing rooms to search for a cell phone before leaving the store, she said.
Emery said she takes her son to the store regularly, and workers there know him well.

Emery said she returned with her husband to discuss the incident with store managers and call police. When officers arrived, the man appeared in the store parking lot, wearing his own white jumpsuit under a trench coat and a hockey mask on his face. Police arrested him and are seeking a charge of unlawful detention.
Emery said her son cannot communicate what happened in the dressing room.
'He gets upset,' she said. 'When we mention the man from D.I., he cries.'
Police wrote there is no evidence of sexual assault. (Disabled man target of bizarre assault - Salt Lake Tribune)

What the fuck?


  1. The LDS temple and everything to do with it becomes this powerful fetish for the crazy. I could tell you stories, man. This seems particularly awful, though.

  2. Well I've gained some words back since reading this at 7 am (on a Saturday no less!) The whole incident seems like a Mormon version of a Flannery O'Connor story. The only thing that would have made a tighter connection would be if the guy had showed up in a gorilla mask.

    Remember Wise Blood? I think one of favorite scenes in all of noveldom is where Enoch Emery dons the gorilla costume he stole and literally apes around. Great stuff, that.

    In any case, my point of this rambling comment on my own dumbfoundedness, is that all religios folks seem to be about a gnats eyelash from pure insanity. I don't think it is an exclusively LDS thing (and I know you weren't saying that, Lisa B, but I feel it is important to point that out.)

    This subject makes me want to do two thing:

    1) compile a list of works of art (literary, visual, musical etc.) that either are the product of religious zealotry cum insanity or are about that subject; and
    2) write about this particular incident.

    I feel a poem coming on. There is such odd details in the story that it almost cries out to be converted.