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Candidate Accused of Having Faked His Death
Status: Strange News
I note in Hippo Eats Dwarf that if you fake your death, you need to remain dead, which means staying under the radar. Ronald Wayne Blankenship hasn't followed that advice. Instead, after allegedly faking his death backin 1990, he's now decided to run for sheriff in Jefferson County... which is a good way to bring himself to the attention of the police who now want him to come in and have his fingerprints checked. Blankenship, meanwhile, is maintaining his innocence, insisting that he's not the same Blankenship who once faked his death:
Ronald Wayne Blankenship, a candidate in the runoff for the Democratic nomination for Jefferson County sheriff, says it's coincidence that a man with a criminal past shares his name and birthdate. It's strange but true, he says, that both he and a man who faked his own death in 1990 are married to women named Judy Ruth Green Stonecipher Blankenship...
Blankenship says he is not the man described in police reports and court documents. "Do you know how many Ronald Blankenships there are?" he asked. "That's why I started going by Ron."
Well, this guy's explanation seems totally believable. grrr But what's really strange is that he received 25.9% of the votes. (Thanks to Joe for the story)
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Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 15, 2006
If he was REALLY dead, he may have won! Especially here in Missouri. We elected a dead guy as govenor once (No, I didn't vote for him).
Posted by Christopher  in  Joplin, Missouri  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  06:32 AM
So it's unlikey he tried to use the excuse 'I was dead at the time'...

Maybe he was on the moon with Steve?
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  08:38 AM
LOL Nettie...
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  08:43 AM
My brother had a visit from the police one day. They implied he had committed a number of nasty deeds. It turns out the person they were looking for lived across the street. He just happened to have the same first and last name AND the same middle initial.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  11:04 AM
I believe it was for the U.S. Senate that Missouri elected a dead man in 2000, and the candidate who lost to the dead guy was John Ashcroft. Bush considered this a good enough qualification that he almost immediately appointed Ashcroft to be U.S. Attorney General (for our non-U.S. readers, the Attorney General is the chief of the Department of Justice). Ashcroft is perhaps best remembered for ordering that all the semi-nude statues under his jurisdiction should be covered up (at considerable public expense) because he thought they were indecent.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Tombstone, Arizona  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  11:46 AM
"Do you know how many Ronald Blankenships there are?"

And just imagine how many of them must be married to people named Judy Ruth Green Stonecipher Blankenship!:blank:

No wonder people have trouble telling them apart.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Tombstone, Arizona  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  11:50 AM
"he received 25.9% of the votes"

Isn't that someone else's approval rating?
Posted by wdl  in  honolulu  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  06:02 PM
"I ran for sherriff... but I did not fake my death" is a terrible Clapton song.
Posted by eriC draveS  in  good time  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  11:01 PM
My sister used to have a girl in her class with the same first, last, and middle names. This girl also had curly auburn hair and green eyes, and was about the same size.
Posted by Dracul  on  Fri Jun 16, 2006  at  03:30 PM
Hey Nettie i take it u are another Eddie Izzard fan...because of yr quote (was on moon with steve, i was dead at the time) Nice lift from Dress to Kill.
Posted by merve  on  Mon Jun 19, 2006  at  02:53 AM
I was the only Stonecipher dumb enough to marry Judy!"Ron" or who ever he's claiming to be knows he's really telling a good one,if anyone belives that I got some mountain land in Key West I need to sale!!
Posted by john o stonecipher  in  The Plains Oh  on  Thu Mar 20, 2008  at  02:15 PM
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