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Fintan1

Northern Ireland scores another Samurai point:

BBC Radio Ulster carried a report this morning describing the weapon as a samurai sword, however I can't find a description on any web reports.

 

I did wonder if perhaps this was the misreporting of a mundane story involving the theft of 'Sammy Rea's Ford'.

 

 

Sword attack over stolen car hunt

 

The car was stolen in west Belfast

A man armed with a sword has attacked a man and his nephew who were looking for a stolen car in west Belfast.

The owner found the car - which was stolen during a burglary early on Wednesday - at Dungloe Crescent at about 1400 BST.

 

He said that he and his nephew were attacked as they waited for the police to arrive.

 

"He shouted to me, 'this is my car', then he pulled a sword out and tried to stick it into me," he said.

 

"I slammed the car door and it (the sword) went through the glass, then I ran away," said the owner, who wanted to be known only as Richard.

 

The man then attacked the car which the man's nephew was sitting in before making off.

 

He stabbed at him through the driver's window, cutting him several times before walking away.

 

Richard said he had no doubt that the attacker would have caused them both serious injury if he had been able to.

 

Their assailant was described as being aged in his early 20s, approximately 6ft tall, of thin build with short black hair.

 

It is thought he was wearing a white top with vertical stripes.

 

The police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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Cosmoline
Come to think of it, the most questionable people I know own swords... The sane ones own guns.

 

Of course, the craziest ones have Trebuchets :lol:

 

Never cross a man with a trebuchet! He won't stick a sword through your car windshield, he'll throw your car into your upstairs bathroom. :lol:

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FunGuyfromYuggoth

Sword-wielding robber nabbed

October 20, 2006 10:00am

 

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--A ROBBER wielding an ornamental sword returned to the service station he had allegedly just held up when he realised he had left his haul behind, police say.

 

The 20-year-old man approached an attendant at a service station in South Perth about 1.30am today and allegedly demanded money and cigarettes.

 

The attendant took money from the till and packets of cigarettes and placed them in a bag.

 

The offender fled on foot across the Canning Highway before realising he had left the bag in the service station.

 

Police say he returned to find the door locked and pleaded with the attendant to let him back in for his booty.

 

The attendant refused so the offender fled again.

 

Police caught up with him several streets away, allegedly still wielding his sword.

 

The man held up the same service station on August 17, police believe.

 

He was charged with two counts of armed robbery and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.

 

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,20614266-2761,00.html#

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Gaffer

Not making ninjas like they used to, eh?

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MrNorrell

This reminds me of an story I heard back in 2000, though I'm not sure how true it is. I had won a school history contest for a trip to Washington DC, "Know America", and the teachers who conducted the tour often told interesting tales of previous trips. One of the strangest was what they termed the "Highlander story." A few years before, while staying in a hotel on the Virginia side of the Potamoc that offered a very good nightime view of the capital city, they had been gazing at the vista when they noticed a strange, trench coat clad man stroll into the glow of a street light on the side walk in front of the hotel. He then proceeded to pull out a katana and due some martial arts practice for several minutes before sheathing his weapon and disappearing into the night. I'm still not convinced as to the veracity of the story, but I had heard a strange news report a few years later in which a man was arrested in Washington DC with a trunk full of swords and a map to the White House. Could it have been the same person, or does the capital attract more than its fair share of crazed swordsmen?

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FunGuyfromYuggoth

D&D, swords, and murder?!?

 

Updated Oct. 24, 2006, 4:20 p.m. ET

 

James Flemons was so obsessed with fantasy role-playing games that he didn't know fantasy from reality, his lawyer says.

 

Dungeons & Dragons player tried for murder after killing co-worker with homemade sword

By Matt Pordum, Court TV

 

DETROIT  On Oct. 27, 2004, James Flemons walked into work with a homemade samurai sword and slashed his co-worker to death.

 

Prosecutors say Flemons, then 30, was angry because of constant bullying by the victim, Anthony Williams, and other co-workers at Peerless Metal Powders & Abrasive.

 

But Flemons' lawyer says he is schizophrenic with a psychotic obsession with fantasy role-playing games, including Dungeons & Dragons.

 

Opening statements in Flemons' murder trial are expected Wednesday.

 

Williams arrived at his job the day of the killing armed with a homemade 38-inch samurai sword. Witnesses told police that Flemons appeared to hand Williams a piece of metal in a chivalrous manner, as if challenging him to a duel, before chasing him and stabbing him to death.

 

The medical examiner ruled that Williams died as a result of "multiple chop wounds to the neck."

 

Witnesses told police that, after the killing, Flemons bought a beer and cigar at a nearby convenience store. He then returned to the scene and positioned Williams' body as if on a cross. Then he opened the beer and lit the cigar as he waited for the police to arrive, his colleagues said.

 

In a voluntary statement to police, Flemons admitted attacking Williams in response to constant bullying about his fantasy game obsession.

 

Less than a month after Williams' death, Flemons was found not competent to stand trial and was sent to the State Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti for further evaluation.

 

To be declared competent to stand trial, an individual must understand the nature of the proceedings and be able to assist counsel in defending their case.

 

Under Michigan law, the state has 15 months in which to medicate and treat individuals deemed not competent to stand trial. If the person is still found not competent at the end of that period, prosecutors can file to have him committed to a mental institution.

 

Flemons' lawyer, David Roby, said his client was deemed competent to stand trial only two weeks before the 15-month deadline was reached.

 

"The doctors said that even though he's hearing voices out of the television that are directing aspects of his life and he's suffering from other mood-altering delusions ... 'he's made such progress we think he's competent,'" Roby said.

 

Roby said Flemons was obsessed with magic, fantasy, the occult, voodoo, Santeria, telekinesis and spirits.

 

"He played Dungeons & Dragons and was obsessive with games of fantasy, anything that helped him get away from people and hide from them in his own little cocoon," Roby said.

 

The defense attorney rejected any notion that Flemons acted in a cold, calculated way, saying instead that his client is "delusional and psychotic."

 

"This is a case about whether, as a society, we hold the psychotic responsible for every act they commit," Roby said.

 

Deputy Prosecutor Kam Towns said her case will focus on the testimony of former colleagues who witnessed the attack and that of a forensic psychologist.

 

Towns also said she hopes to introduce Flemons' 1998 conviction of felonious assault for attacking his uncle with a samurai sword. He also attacked the police officer who responded to the scene.

 

He was sentenced to two years' probation.

 

Roby said that although Flemons was deemed competent to stand trial in that case, the doctors who evaluated him said he "probably was suffering from a thought disorder, a delusional disorder, which is to say, schizophrenia."

 

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Annette Berry is expected to rule before trial Wednesday on whether Flemons' prior conviction can be introduced at trial.

 

If Flemons is found guilty of first-degree murder, he will automatically be sentenced to life in prison without parole. A verdict of guilty but mentally ill, however, would mean a life sentence in the prison psychiatric ward.

 

If the jury returns a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, Flemons would be sent to the state's mental health facility, where the doctors would maintain sole discretion over his fate. They could opt to release him at some point if they consider him well.

 

The jury also has the option of finding Flemons guilty of second-degree murder, which would require the judge to sentence him.

 

Flemons' trial is expected to last five days and will be aired live on Court TV Extra.

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Thorulfr
...Then he opened the beer and lit the cigar as he waited for the police to arrive, his colleagues said.

 

You gotta hand it to him....that's class. :roll:

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MisterEcho
"He played Dungeons & Dragons and was obsessive with games of fantasy, anything that helped him get away from people and hide from them in his own little cocoon," Roby said.

 

You know how the press always goes and asks the family and neighbours to describe the individual involved? I'd like to hear from the people he Role-played with.

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Cosmoline

... I think they're probably in the back yard.

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FunGuyfromYuggoth

Not just people, but champagne bottles are becoming the targets of wayward ronin.

 

Link here.

 

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jabonko

Sabrage: the opening of Champagne bottles with sabres. Can also be done with the back of the blade to avoid reducing the sharpness.

 

Never seen it in real life, but have seen many videos.

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Telpierion
Come to think of it, the most questionable people I know own swords... The sane ones own guns.

 

Of course, the craziest ones have Trebuchets :lol:

 

Ok, I own guns, a sword and a trebuchet. What does that make me? The trebuchet is only about two feet high but it is a working model.

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FunGuyfromYuggoth

Group brings medieval re-enactors together

 

In this 2006 photo released by Heidi Farrington, her son, Portsmouth High School senior Patrick Agin, 17, is shown in his Society for Creative Anachronism costume in Portsmouth, R.I. Agin said he's been talking to a knight to become a squire.

 

By Justin M. Norton, Associated Press

 

PORTSMOUTH, R.I.  Seventeen-year-old Patrick Agin often spends a full week whittling an individual arrow and is learning to make chain mail armor by hand. So when it came time to submit a senior photo for the Portsmouth High School yearbook, he selected a snapshot of himself wearing chain mail and slinging a prop sword over his shoulder.

 

The school rejected the photo, citing its "zero tolerance policy" for weapons, and Agin and his family sued, claiming the school was violating his right to free speech.

 

But Agin and others who spend their free time sword fighting and feasting on medieval-style meals also wonder why the school would discourage his passion for a hobby they say offers tens of thousands of people a way to learn about history through hands-on experience.

 

"It's no different from wanting to appear in a Boy Scout uniform," said Tamara Griggs, a spokeswoman for the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group of 35,000 dues-paying members that hold mock battles, learn arts like calligraphy and conduct demonstrations in shopping malls. Agin belongs to the organization.

 

Griggs, 36, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who goes by the name Countess Tamara Di Firenze at group events, said an additional 20,000 people are more casual participants in the society, which was incorporated in 1968 and is based in Milpitas, Calif.

 

The best known re-enactment groups recreate Civil War battles. Groups catering to fans of Roaring 20s and the Roman Empire have also sprung up in recent years. But for fans of the Middle Ages, the Society for Creative Anachronism is the place to go.

 

During the winter, the society holds one-on-one combat events at churches and schools. In better weather, regional groups called "kingdoms" rent campgrounds and stage epic battles with as many as 1,000 soldiers per side.

 

They've held their events with little fanfare until Agin's lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in federal court in December, brought increased public attention to the group.

 

Agin said he grew interested in the group through his mother, Heidi Farrington, a nurse at a children's hospital who sews and sells re-enactment clothing to other medieval fans.

 

"They really appreciate people researching things whether it's textiles or armor or food or any of the skills that would have been applicable," Farrington said. She said she learned to spin wool through the organization.

 

Nicole Toscano understands the passion that would make someone pose for the yearbook in armor. The student at Simmons College in Boston has been a member of the society since age 7 and runs on a treadmill, lifts weights and swims to keep fit for mock sword fights.

 

"It's just like any other sport or any martial art. I enjoy doing it just like I was playing football," said Toscano, a marshal for the organization's Youth Combat division. She also practices calligraphy.

 

"It's a very good place for someone to come and learn something new," said Ed Morrill of Brooklyn, N.Y., a regional director whose society alter ego is Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy.

 

"We have amateur scholars, professional scholars and casual participants. And often it's just a lovely way to spend a day in the park," he said.

 

Morrill began attending society events in 1973, and said he's made some of his best friends through the organization. He's also answered a lot of questions from people who don't understand its appeal.

 

"Some people will go 'oh' and some people will go that sounds interesting. Some people will say 'why'?" he said. "The draw for young people is that it's not your father's organization. It's something that's different but something that's socially acceptable."

 

The society isn't above a few historical omissions, though.

 

"It's all the good parts of the Middle Ages. No Black Death. No Inquisition," said Morrill, who in day-to-day life is technical director of Brooklyn College's theater department.

 

Agin now needs to weather the court case, decide if he'll enlist in the military after high school and find a prom outfit by this spring. He said won't wear armor to the big dance but will likely opt for a pink tuxedo if he can find one.

 

He said he'll also be even more involved with re-enactments in the near future.

 

"I've actually been talking to a knight to become a squire," he said.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2007-01-06-medieval_x.htm

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cynick
Police hunting mystery swordsman

Police on Tyneside are seeking a man carrying a sword who came to the aid of plain clothes officers during a burglary attempt.

The officers were threatened by a man with a knife after they discovered armed men trying to break into a house in Laygate, South Shields.

 

Another man armed with a samurai sword appeared and attacked the man with the knife, before leaving the scene.

 

Three men have been charged with aggravated burglary.

 

One faces an additional charge of attempted wounding with intent to resist arrest.

 

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/england/tyne/6251079.stm

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damonmcn

Funny thing is, this probably wouldn't have even been newsworthy to them had the robber simply shot the 20, 26 and 19 year olds who were on the receiving end of the robbery.

 

Truer words are not likely to ever have been spoken. Unless there was something unusual about the crime. Which there wouldn't have been.

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FunGuyfromYuggoth

Some additional details.

 

Hopefully we'll hear good news from him again!

 

Samurai superhero saves cops

 

by DANIEL BATES - Thursday, January 11, 2007

Cartoon superhero the Silver Samurai. Probably nothing like the man in South ShieldsHe's a mysterious crusader who suddenly appears from nowhere, he helps the police catch criminals, then disappears into the night.

 

No, we're not talking about Batman or Superman, and the location isn't Gotham City or Metropolis.

 

We're talking about 'The Flashing Blade' from Tyneside.

 

The enigmatic hero struck as two unarmed detectives tackled a violent gang of criminals in a street in South Shields.

 

The villains were armed with knives, chains and a hammer. The detectives had only their wits.

 

Suddenly a man appeared and shouted: 'Leave him alone, he's a police officer!'

 

He ran up to the criminals, slashing frantically with the 3ft sword and caught one of them on the arm.

 

His actions panicked the gang and the police were able to arrest three of them.

 

Officers could only give his description as white, in his 40s, or medium build, about 5ft 10ins with a moustache.

 

Detective Inspector Peter Bent, of South Shields CID, said although The Flashing Blade had helped police, he couldn't condone his actions.

 

He said: 'There is no doubt this person assisted the police.

 

'He said to the people involved in the incident: 'Leave him alone, he's a police officer', and started swinging his Samurai sword.

 

'It needs to be said we cannot condone vigilantism or people running around with swords or weapons.

 

'It will be up to the Crown Prosecution Service whether they see his actions as justified or going beyond reasonable force.

 

'At the same time we cannot get away from the fact that he has come the aid of a police officer and may well have prevented a police officer from being seriously harmed.'

 

Three men aged 29, 42 and 43 were remanded in custody by South Tyneside magistrates yesterday over attempting wounding charges.

 

The injured man didn't require treatment.

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=32585&in_page_id=34

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Graham

You have to love overenthusiastic amateurs sometimes, especially when they're carrying cavalry sabers

 

Oconomowoc - Instincts took over, James Van Iveren says, when he rushed out his door to the sound of a woman being raped in an apartment above.

 

"It was a woman screaming," he recalled Tuesday. "She was screaming for help."

 

Sword in hand, he bounded up the stairs, kicked in the door and confronted a man who turned out to be alone - watching a pornographic movie.

 

"Now I feel stupid," Van Iveren said.

 

[Edit:Changed link to a page with the details and added quote]

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Graham

One minute it was quiet, then....

 

Everybody was sword fighting!

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ChristianII
One minute it was quiet, then....

 

Everybody was sword fighting!

 

Those swings were fast as lightning! :P

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FunGuyfromYuggoth
Dublin man given two years for raiding Pharmacy with sword

[Published: Monday 12, March 2007 - 17:44]

 

A heroin addict who was overheard by an off-duty garda discussing a robbery he had just carried out with two other men, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

21 year old James Farrelly of St Anthony's Road, Rialto, Dublin, was later stopped by Gardai, and handed over a samurai sword he'd been hiding in his jeans.

 

The three raiders who robbed a pharmacy in Bluebell, were all armed with swords, when they got away with four hundred euro and a variety of prescription drugs on April 14th 2005.

 

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article2350830.ece

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ChristianII
Dublin man given two years for raiding Pharmacy with sword

[Published: Monday 12, March 2007 - 17:44]

 

A heroin addict who was overheard by an off-duty garda discussing a robbery he had just carried out with two other men, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

21 year old James Farrelly of St Anthony's Road, Rialto, Dublin, was later stopped by Gardai, and handed over a samurai sword he'd been hiding in his jeans.

 

The three raiders who robbed a pharmacy in Bluebell, were all armed with swords, when they got away with four hundred euro and a variety of prescription drugs on April 14th 2005.

 

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article2350830.ece

 

In his JEANS!?!?!? 8O

 

That boy is 2 inches away from a Darwin award me says.

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Badger

. . .

 

He must've been walking reeeeeeally funny.

 

-=badger

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Graham

Two people were tired of where they were living and what did they do...

 

http://tinyurl.com/2brfr4

 

PLOVER, Wis. (AP) - A couple were thwarted in their effort to leave this small central Wisconsin town when they were arrested for robbing a gas station with a samurai sword.

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FunGuyfromYuggoth

http://www.wpxi.com/news/14192882/detail.html

 

Sword-Wielding Robbers Target Local Gas Station

Robbery Caught On Tape

 

POSTED: 3:34 pm EDT September 24, 2007

 

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Police are searching for two armed robbers disguised as ninjas who held up a clerk at a Sunoco gas station early Saturday morning in Richland Township.

 

Detectives said the suspected robbers were women dressed in black and brandished a Samurai sword and dagger.

 

Officials said the robbers tied up the clerk before making off with cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes.

 

A security surveillance camera captured the entire incident on tape. Police are reviewing the video and continue to search for leads.

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