Tomorrow night, Houston-area fans of Insane Clown Posse will descend on Walter's on Washington for one of the periodic "Gathering of the Juggalos." We'll have a full report on the Faygo-doused events Monday, but Rocks Off figured it might be a good idea to let any first-timers know what they might be in for. Most Juggalos, we're sure, are God-fearing, tax-paying, gainfully employed members of society, but as we say in the newspaper biz, they're not the ones who make good copy. Some of their more ill-tempered brethren, on the other hand, have an uncanny knack for showing up in police reports and headlines from coast to coast. Denver, May 2010: After two people were stabbed at a Wendy's near the Mile High City's Fillmore Auditorium, where ICP played a May 31 concert, police identified a suspect as 20-year-old Jeremy McKim, known to Juggalo Nation as "Luitenant Fetus [sic]." Rocks Off's sister blog The Latest Word turned up some rather interesting hobbies on Fetus' MySpace page:
About me: ILL RAPE YOUR DOG AND MURDER YOUR MOTHER FAGGOT, all day on that MOST HATED shit,JSG all the real fucking homies that aint fronting like some bitch ass queer made motherfuckers! Clown love to all my real juggalos and lettes Keep it ON THAT EAST SIDE! Who I'd like to meet: HATERZZZZ!
McKim, it appears, is currently seeking work, as his current occupation is listed as "DISMEMBERING HOES." Seattle, July 2006: Police investigated several disturbances in Fort Steilacoom Park in the Seattle suburb of Lakewood reported to be the work of "a a group of thugs with black hooded sweat shirts pulled tight over their heads, including at least one in 'angry' clown makeup." From the Seattle Times:
The group cried "woo, woo, Juggalo" as they assaulted park visitors with a machete and fists. They stole cellphones, cash and wallets and even threatened to cut their victims' heads off, according to court documents. Two victims suffered broken jaws in the attacks that occurred the nights of June 18-20 and early in the morning of June 21. Another was kicked in the head, and a woman said her attackers demanded that she take off her pants, according to prosecutors.
Lakewood Police Department Dave Guttu had this handy tip for avoiding further confrontations with the Juggalos, who congregated in the park to drink and smoke marijuana, the Times reported: "He advises park visitors to visit the park only when it is open." Toledo, Ohio, July 2001: Sometimes even ICP themselves are not immune to their overzealous fans. From MTV.com:
At the end of their three-day-long fan festival here, the Insane Clown Posse finally met a force more powerful than the Dark Carnival, the shadowy supernatural presence that they say drives them to put on makeup and rap about killing people. That force was their own fans, who brought the Gathering of the Juggalos to a chaotic, Faygo-drenched conclusion Sunday night. Sugary mist from gallons of soda filled the air at the SeaGate Centre as hundreds of fans charged the main stage, forcing ICP's Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope to flee -- and end their set before it even reached the halfway point. As the house lights went on and police in riot gear waited just outside the building, Juggalos - as ICP fans call themselves - tore apart the carnival-themed stage set and destroyed ICP's sound equipment.
Can Houston's Juggalos rise to the occasion? Let's hope not.
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