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A first in the annals of crime: Death by atomic wedgie


Wedgies can kill.

The suspected murder weapon: his underwear.

On December 21, an Oklahoma man was murdered in his own home.

Former Marine Brad Davis, 33, was arrested on a homicide complaint in the death of his stepfather, 58-year-old Denver Lee St. Clair.

According to Davis' testimony, the two men had fought that night at St. Clair's home. Davis claimed that St. Clair "began speaking ill of his mother," which led to a physical confrontation. Davis hit St. Clair in the head several times and knocked him to the ground — then gave his stepfather the classic schoolyard-bully maneuver: the "atomic wedgie."

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Davis, who called the police when he saw that St. Clair was no longer breathing, was standing over St. Clair and smoking a cigarette when police arrived.

Police discovered St. Clair dead with his underwear around his neck.

"I'd never seen this before, but when we first looked at our victim seeing the waistband of his underwear was around his neck," Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said.

The elastic waistband of the underwear left a ligature mark around the victim's neck.

Blood splatter was also found around the house, Reuters reports.

"We continued our investigation and uncovered evidence that led us to believe that this was more than just a fight," Booth told KJRH-TV in response to Davis' original claim that he acted in self-defence.

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"We've spoken with several investigators about the crime scene and if they've never experienced anything like this, and no one has," Detective Jimmy Brewer of the Sheriff's Office told KOKH-TV, calling the case "very unusual."

A state medical examiner ruled cause of death was "homicide due to blunt force trauma and/or asphyxiation."

Davis is now being held in Pottawatomie County jail without bond on first-degree-murder charges and faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

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