Top 5 WTF Stories Of 2012
It's been a banner year for WTF stories, a category we helped define a few years back with "Today In WTF" headlines.
If you enjoy head-scratching stories, you really couldn't ask for a better front-row seat than the one journalists get in Los Angeles.
We have it all -- victims set on fire (accidentally or not), people who take hit-and-run victims for horrific rides on their hoods, even deer being skinned in posh neighborhoods. Read on:
5. Deer skinning: If you recently moved on up to the Pacific Palisades, you have arrived to a community with some of the highest property values anywhere. Arnold Schwarzenegger is (or at least was) your neighbor. So, apparently, is a bloody, knife-wielding guy who was spotted last month "dressing down" a deer that was a road-kill victim. The man was planning to eat it. Because of the proximity to the Santa Monica Mountains and the abundant wildlife nearby, this isn't unusual or illegal. Just surreal.
4. Driving with dying or injured people on your hood. This year we had not one but two stories of hit-and-run drivers who allegedly kept going despite having victims on their hoods. Only in L.A? A recent LA Weekly cover story noted that nearly one of every two accidents in town involves a hit-and-run allegation.
Last month Torrance cops alleged that Sherri Wilkens drove drunk with a dying man on her hood ... for two miles. Then, this month, El Segundo police said motorist Stephen Jimenez didn't want to have his Mercedes repo'd, so he struck the repo guy and drove with him on his hood for three blocks. Allegedly.