Last week we heard about a 39-year-old from West Virginia who was hitchhiking across the country writing a book on the kindness of America. And when he was in Montana, he said he was randomly shot in a drive-by. Well . . . on Friday, he admitted he’d shot himself as a desperate publicity stunt. He hasn’t been arrested yet, but could face charges.
Normally, I’d be mad that someone tricked us into falling for a desperate publicity stunt. But if you’re willing to SHOOT YOURSELF, I guess you deserve it. Last week we heard about 39-year-old Raymond Dolin of Julian, West Virginia. He’s been hitchhiking around the country, working on a memoir called “The Kindness of America”. And back on the 9th, he said he was randomly SHOT in a drive-by. He said he was shot on the side of the road in Montana by a guy in a maroon pickup. He was wounded, but survived. The police ended up tracking down a maroon pickup and arrested the driver, 52-year-old Lloyd Danielson. WELL . . . on Friday, Raymond admitted he made the whole thing up. He shot himself as a publicity stunt for his book. And a successful publicity stunt at that. The felony assault charge against Lloyd was dropped. But, when the cops pulled him over, he was intoxicated, so he’s still in jail. Basically, Raymond’s lie got this guy who happened to be in a maroon pickup truck into serious legal trouble. Raymond has not been arrested, but will most likely face charges.