aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Jordan Sonnenblick had better watch out!

Author Jordan Sonnenblick had told me that he was digging a grave in his backyard for research. Nothing is better than first-hand knowledge, right?

But then I saw this in the Oregonian: Man who Dug Gravelike Hole Arrested

“Washington County authorities arrested a 63-year-old man after he dug what looks suspiciously like a grave on private property in a remote part of Washington County.

“No one who knows Ronald Karel is missing or dead, but the hole he dug concerns authorities. It's 6 feet long, between 2 and 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep.

“Karel said he dug it to look for ash from the eruption of Mount St. Helens more than 27 years ago. But the authorities aren't buying it. "I think most people know a grave when they see one," said Sgt. David Thompson, spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office. "That's sure what this looks like."

“But as of now, Karel is charged only with trespassing and criminal mischief. Thompson said authorities want to know the reason behind the hole before they have to release Karel on the relatively minor charges being used to hold him. … Karel had "no logical explanation" for the hole, which Karel apparently dug himself without help, Thompson said. … The Washington County Major Crimes Team helped try to determine if anyone close to Karel has been harmed or may be in danger if he is released. They have contacted family members, business associates and other known associates. At this point they have been unable to locate any possible victim.

“Thompson said deputies were eager to hear from anyone who might know of a specific explanation for the hole. He said they also want to know whether there is reason to believe someone would be in danger if Karel makes bail and is released.”

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done for research?

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