Jackass of the Day Award, Vol. VI

Is it possible my reverse murder tattoo may give people the wrong impression about me? (Kansas Dept. of Corrections)

Is it possible my reverse murder tattoo may give people the wrong impression about me? (Kansas Dept. of Corrections)

Although he should have been honored last week, today’s clear winner of the Jackass of the Day Award is Jeffrey Chapman, a young man awaiting trial in Great Bend, Kansas for the 2011 murder of Damon Galliart.

Galliart’s body was discovered by hunters in a wooded area southwest of Great Bend in November 2011.

Unfortunately, Chapman has a neck tattoo that both he and his counsel feel may influence the jury against him: a mirror image of the word MURDER.

Yeah, I can see how something like that might be prejudicial to Chapman if seen by the jury. Of course, Chapman asked the state to pay for its removal—and even expected to be transported “off-site” to have it done (since Kansas law only allows tattoo artists to practice in licensed tattoo facilities)—and that’s why he is my award winner today.

Clearly, Chapman should have thought of this before he got the tattoo in the first place—and definitely before he decided to murder Mr. Galliart.

This scene from The Shining freaked me out when I was a kid! (Warner Brothers)

This scene from The Shining freaked me out when I was a kid! (Warner Brothers)

Despite being the Jackass of the Day, I do give Chapman credit for referencing one of my favorite films with his misguided tattoo, the 1980 Stanley Kubrick (via Stephen King) masterpiece The Shining. What he really has is a REDRUM tattoo, but that likely wouldn’t matter to a jury. And that’s why Chapman is now planning to wear a turtleneck in court.

What’s funny to me, though, is that his trial was set to begin on April 28th, but recently got delayed until August 18th. Chapman’s attorney is trying for a change of venue, which would be cause for such a delay, but I suspect the prosecution played a role, as well.

After all, being forced to wear a turtleneck in the late summer heat of Kansas sounds like a prison sentence unto itself!

Posted on April 27, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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