Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Headline of the Year

After 25 years of working in the newspaper industry, including a lot of years covering the police beat and the courts, I thought I'd seen or heard it all.

Then something like this comes along and you just shake your head.

With one day to go in 2008, I think I can safely say this is the most bizarre story of the year.

The headline says it all: "Man strangled woman during sex, jumped from bridge days later"

A Montgomery County man accidentally killed his girlfriend by chocking her during sex, then became so distraught that he decided to end his life by tying a rope around his neck, attaching it to his minivan and jumping off a bridge.

The force of the act decapitated the man. His body and head were found washed up on a small island in the Schuylkill River.

"Clearly this is a tragedy all the way around," says Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman.

Read the full story in today's edition of The Mercury.

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