MAN KILLS HIS FRIEND WHILE FISHING BECAUSE OF THREAT OF BIGFOOT IN OKLAHOMA
The banjo struck an awkward chord in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma. First off, this story involves noodling. That sounds pretty weird as a word. But you may remember that noodling is the method of fishing where you catch a fish by sticking your hand in its mouth. The banjo playing is fine so far, though noodling is known to be popular in the South and this is Oklahoma. But two local men, Larry Sanders and his friend Jimmy Knighten were out noodling. And that’s when things went sideways, when Sanders killed his friend. Why? Because Bigfoot made him do it. That’s where the banjo tune goes sour. Sanders is now under arrest for murder, of course.
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DRUGS MAY BE A FACTOR AS KILLER THOUGHT HIS FRIEND SUMMONED BIGFOOT TO KILL HIM
Sure, people say and do crazy things, especially under the influence. And drugs of some kind seem to have been a factor there. The 53-year-old Sanders was convinced that his friend Knighten wanted him dead at the hands of Bigfoot. Normally, one would expect anyone would know that wasn’t really possible, even if it were true. But it was real enough of a threat to Sanders that he hit, strangled and drowned his friend in the South Canadian River. Sanders later told a family member what he had done, and later police as well. He told them that Knighten had summoned Bigfoot to kill him, so he had to kill his friend first.
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KILLER CONFESSED TO POLICE, WHO FOUND FRIEND’S BODY A DAY LATER, BUT NO BIGFOOT
Sure, a pre-emptive strike is a strategy one can use when faced with a credible threat. But I’m guessing most of us can agree that this was more of an incredible threat. Actually, make that an un-credible threat. Police placed Sanders under arrest as he already had an outstanding warrant. But they charged him with 1st degree murder when they managed to find Knighten’s body 24 hours later. Authorities will still have to prove that Sanders actually did what he said he did with evidence. But this is Oklahoma. So if they do prove it, Sanders will be facing the death penalty. Because Bigfoot. That’s where the banjo stops playing entirely.