Weird News: The Hot Pocket Bandit

Brian McCurren, a.k.a. The Hot Pocket Bandit, shown in a 2014 photo.

Back in March of 2014, former Notre Dame student Brian McCurren got a little too intoxicated and broke into a South Bend spa. Once inside Theraputic Indulgence, he caused thousands of dollars of damage then ate all of their Hot Pockets.

Image may not accurately reflect the actual Hot Pockets in question.

According to police, Brian McCurren made several break-in attempts before successfully throwing a 100-pound flowerpot through the door. Once inside the spa’s breezeway, he then found a hammer and tunneled his way through the drywall into the main part of the business.

He must have really wanted those Hot Pockets.

After reenacting digDug and discharging a fire extinguisher for unknown reasons, Brian was a very hungry boy who decided it was a good time to make himself a snack or three. He tried to make macaroni and cheese but burned it, setting off the fire alarm. Then he ate all of the spa’s Hot Pockets, which begs the question what kind of spa serves Hot Pockets? Finally, he attempted to eat a plate of drumsticks but passed out on top of them first, which is where police found him.

“The way I understand it,” Sara ros Frazier, owner of the spa said, “he had a grin on his face and he had no idea where he was or what he did.”

This Day in Infamy: Five Robbery Suspects Lynched in Versailles

On this day in 1897, a vengeful mob broke into the Ripley County Jail and forcibly removed five robbery suspects before lynching them. The vigilantes strung up the suspects’ naked and battered bodies from an elm tree about two blocks from the jail then dispersed a little before 1 AM. It is believed that an estimated 250 people were present during the hanging. Approximately only 800 people lived in Versailles at the time.

The lynching victims were identified as:

  • LYLE LEVI, 57, shot through the breast then dragged to the tree and hanged
  • WILLIAM JENKINS, 27, skull crushed in with a stool, noose put around neck,
    body dragged to the tree and suspended
  • HENRY SCHULER, 24, skull crushed, body dragged to the tree and suspended
  • CLIFFORD GORDON, 22, bound, dragged to the tree and hanged
  • ALBERT ANDREWS, 30, bound, dragged to the tree and hanged

Weird News: Indiana’s Version of Carole Baskin

Animal hoarder and person of questionable judgment, Nancy Clemmer


An Alexandria woman was arrested recently after police responded to a complaint of pigs running loose, only to find a domestic situation which will likely haunt their dreams forever. Inside Nancy Clemmer’s home, police found dozens of live animals without access to food or water, the corpses of several dead ones, layers of trash and animal feces “spread across the floors like icing on a cake” and one very neglected 13-year-old girl. When Clemmer refused to cooperate with authorities, police obtained a court order and returned in HAZMAT suits to remove the child and pets from the home. In total, 94 live animals, including 30 dogs, 21 guinea pigs, nine chickens, six lizards, four turtles, three pigs, two parrots and a snake, in addition to several other animals, were seized from the property. Clemmer was charged with Level 6 felony neglect of dependent, Class A misdemeanor neglect of a vertebrate animal and Class C Infraction, and harboring a non-immunized dog.

She told police she was hoping to run an animal rescue.