People joke all the time about famous artists’ most dedicated fans. There’s the “Beygency,” who — according to an “SNL” spoof — will hunt you down if you admit Beyoncé’s anything less than a goddess. Then there’s the legions of boy band obsessors, like Directioners, who will readily pick a Twitter beef with you over Harry Styles’ best hairstyles. That kind of devotion is usually all in good fun. But two Insane Clown Posse worshippers proved artist loyalty is a double-edged sword when they took their fandom to horrifying new heights this week.
According to police, Carey Edwards, 35, and Paul Hurst, 33, thought their roommate, Zachary Swanson, 31, didn’t deserve his ICP tattoo anymore. They claimed he had disrespected the group, but police say they were also pissed at Swanson for mistreating his girlfriend, who is also Edwards’ sister. All three guys self-identified as Juggalos, the nickname given to fans of the metal-rap duo.
The details of the attack are terrifyingly gruesome. Swanson and Hurst tried to “forcibly carve” the tattoo from Swanson’s right arm. After that didn’t work, they poured flammable liquid on the arm, tried to set it on fire, then beat and nearly killed him. Swanson’s still alive, but his arm had to be amputated and he suffered brain bleeding, fractures and 11 broken ribs.
Juggalos have always been known for being bizarre and cult-like in their fandom. But these guys took it way too far, and will definitely be paying a high price. They’ve both been charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and assault with a deadly weapon.