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Police: Man set on fire over Insane Clown Posse tattoo *Updated*

Paul Martin Hurst and Cary Lee Edwards have been arrested and charged with a plethora of charges stemming from the savage beaten of their roommate. Hurst and Edwards began arguing with the victim Zachary Swanson, shortly before 1am on August 4th. The suspects proceeded to attack Zachary during the attack they attempted to forcibly carve a tattoo featuring a symbol related to the Insane Clown Posse off the victims arm. When that didn’t work they poured a “flammable liquid” on Swanson and tried to burn off the tattoo.

Paul Martin Hurst and Cary Lee Edwards left Zachary Swanson on the floor for several hours before taking him to the hospital. The suspects were arrested a short time later. They have been charged with the following Attempted First Degree Murder, Attempted Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and possession of a Deadly Weapon. The police report that was released to the press can be viewed below.

WCSO Press Release 8-4-14 (Attempted First Degree Murder)

Incident: Attempted First Degree Murder
Date of Incident: August 4, 2014
Location: 7200 Block of Rockawalkin Road in Hebron, MD

Narrative: This morning, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center regarding a subject who had been brought into the Emergency Room with extensive injuries sustained during an assault.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis has confirmed that 31 year old Zachary Swanson of Hebron was savagely beaten and nearly killed by two cohabitants of a Hebron home in which the three shared with others on Rockawalkin Road. The incident began shortly after 1AM this morning when the suspects, following an argument with the victim, commenced to beating the victim. The suspects then attempted to forcibly carve a unique tattoo, consistent with the Juggalos Cult, from the victim’s arm. Unable to successfully remove the tattoo, the suspects doused the victim’s arm with a flammable liquid, set fire to it, severely burning and charring the same.

After being left on the ground for several hours without medical treatment, the victim was ultimately driven to the PRMC where he was examined and subsequently flown to a Baltimore burn center for further treatment.

Members of the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation have assumed investigative responsibility for this case and have arrested and charged the following two suspects:

1) Paul Martin Hurst 33 YOA, Hebron, MD
2) Cary Lee Edwards 35 YOA, Williamsburg, VA.

Each man has been charged with the following:

1) Attempted First Degree Murder
2) Attempted Second Degree Murder
3) First Degree Assault
4) Second Degree Assault
5) Reckless Endangerment
6) Deadly Weapon

Detectives from the WBI are currently executing a Search Warrant on the Rockawalkin home and on the vehicle used to transport the victim to the hospital. Based on preliminary investigation, detectives are exploring the strong possibility that those involved are affiliated with Juggalos, a cult following of the Insane Clown Posse, an American hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan, originally known as the JJ Boyz and Inner City Posse, a group that has introduced supernatural and horror-themed lyrics as a means of distinguishing itself stylistically.

Any questions can be directed to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4891 or 410-548-4898.

Releasing Authority: Sheriff Michael A. Lewis



A Monday afternoon Sheriff’s Office news release stated detectives were looking into the “strong possibility” of an affiliation with the Juggalos, a cult following of the Insane Clown Posse hip-hop duo.

On Tuesday, he said both the suspects and the victim are Juggalos.

“They are followers of the Insane Clown Posse, without question,” Lewis said.

Edwards and Hurst both hit Swanson, and Edwards used the handle of a yard tool and a shovel during the beating, according to Hurst’s account of events, charging documents state. Edwards said Hurst was also involved in beating Swanson with a “stick-like weapon,” according to charging documents

Edwards lit Swanson’s arm on fire, charging documents state. Each of the suspects, according to charging documents, stated that the other suspect had gotten lighter fluid from inside.

“This burning was in an attempt to remove a tattoo that Edwards did not believe that Swanson earned,” charging documents state, in relation to Hurst’s account of the incident.

Edwards told Detective Tom Funk that before the burning, he and Hurst had tried to cut the tattoo from Swanson’s arm with knives, charging documents state.

Lewis said the suspects felt Swanson disrespected the Insane Clown Posse.

“To them, he had to pay the consequences,” Lewis said.



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    Faygoluvers Comments

  1. Pigg


    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 07:20 pm GMT -5 at 7:20 pm

    So are we a gang or a cult? I though Tech N9ne was the cult leader lol

  2. Techaloien


    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 07:29 pm GMT -5 at 7:29 pm

    So exactly how many labels are we gonna get put on us lol.

  3. Mr. Popo

    Mr. Popo

    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 07:48 pm GMT -5 at 7:48 pm

    during the attack they attempted to forcibly carve a tattoo featuring a symbol related to the Insane Clown Posse off the victims body. Mr. Popo has a problem with the way they worded that line. You’d think they were forcibly carving a juggalo tattoo on somebody but no they were forcibly trying to remove the tattoo.

  4. BlackSand


    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 08:07 pm GMT -5 at 8:07 pm

    What was next, a belt sander?
    And they call Juggalos violent, sheesh!!

  5. BlackSand


    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 08:18 pm GMT -5 at 8:18 pm

    Perhaps they’re related to these guys.

  6. G Bo0gie

    G Bo0gie

    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 09:15 pm GMT -5 at 9:15 pm

    Served that bitchboi right, I know a few that needs a few removed, anyhow wtf is up with us being a cult?? We gonna drink the faygoo! Fuk these bitchyass cops an whoever else trying label us, we family an as apart of amobb some muahfuccas don’t deserve to be in the fam so fuckoff , to all the tru los keep giving it to em raaahw… mcl

  7. Loon

    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 09:37 pm GMT -5 at 9:37 pm

    Two more idiots need to get rid of the ghetto wannabes like this guy G Bo0gie on some dumb trash.

  8. wonka69


    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 10:13 pm GMT -5 at 10:13 pm

    I’m a juggalo and a gang member!

  9. wonka69


    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 10:19 pm GMT -5 at 10:19 pm

    M.S.13, bloods, crips gangster disciples all claim family! we claim family? we must be are a gang!

  10. twiztidkillaxxx2


    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 11:10 pm GMT -5 at 11:10 pm

    Thug life

  11. 40 Swillin Juggalo

    40 Swillin Juggalo

    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 11:20 pm GMT -5 at 11:20 pm

    I’m so goddamn Sick of All this Bad Press & labeling of Us as a gang or cult or some other bullshit, just makes me wanna focus on what it’s really all about… The Fuckin Music…. Fuck all the bullshit! It’s all a Distraction of what makes us who we really are. Right?

  12. twiztidkillaxxx2


    Comment posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 11:49 pm GMT -5 at 11:49 pm

    You might be GANG RELATED

  13. dramaman127


    Comment posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 06:51 am GMT -5 at 6:51 am


  14. For_We_R_Many

    Comment posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 07:03 am GMT -5 at 7:03 am

    Shits going to far for my taste. This hate this violence its a fucking shame im a juggalo caus the love the peace now i gotta be afraid to be me fuck that. Those who live by the sword die by it WHOOP WHOOP

  15. scruffy


    Comment posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 08:58 am GMT -5 at 8:58 am

    be selective with the company you keep, ninjas. cautionary tale.
    and fuck that cult business. what crap. civil servants are so gullible.

  16. Killa-Mo187


    Comment posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 11:11 am GMT -5 at 11:11 am

    Idiots….. Both of those men are idiots.

  17. G Bo0gie

    G Bo0gie

    Comment posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 12:11 pm GMT -5 at 12:11 pm

    Look fuk this bitch calling itself loon an or whoever else wants to try an pass judgement on me or any other real life ninjalo, cause of the way I talk or dress you wana say ima wanabe, bitch its how I grewup no matter if it was in the woods or the city ima be tru to me muthfucka, that’s what being a juggalo is all about, I got fam of all colors an nationalities an to be honest if I ever met this loon or anyone like I would smack your bitchface with a meatcleaver an I would be the next mugshot on here for some shit the press made out to be sumtn else cause I got a hatchetman tat on my chest, I’ve been filed as a gang member in the ohio prison system cause of it, check me out look it up google it ya mitchbade muthafucka, randy barnhart steubenville ohio 3 years for feloniuse assault wit a shotgunn, I juss got out a month ago ,you can’t tell me nothing I’ve been down since day one so fuckoff if you don’t like me or come fight me at the next gathering bitchass I give you the fair one an that’s real

    Mcl to the real los an lettes

  18. scruffy


    Comment posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 03:24 pm GMT -5 at 3:24 pm

    g booger: you say that a ‘bitch’ would pass judgment on a ninja, but you ‘know a few that needs a few removed’.
    you then brag on getting caught and sent up, the cardinal sin for criminals. as if thats an accolade, and not an indicator of just how readily you can fuck up.
    and then, even though youve only been back in the world for one month, youre touting yourself for swingin hatchets into peoples faces [other juggalos faces, anyway; i doubt you would say that to just anybody], and being exactly one of the dumbfuck morons that are fuckin things up for the rest of us, down to the mug shot on the main page.
    i dont know if youre a wannabe or not, but it sounds to me like the only thing you wanna be, is a recidivist.
    real unimpressive.

  19. BlackSand


    Comment posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 03:37 pm GMT -5 at 3:37 pm

    Yea that was kinda all over the place there. I may be going out on a limb here but the Juggalo movement would be best represented by not giving into the ‘knuckledragger’ mentality IMHO. It’s embarrassing.

  20. G Bo0gie

    G Bo0gie

    Comment posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 11:01 pm GMT -5 at 11:01 pm

    Lol, look scruff mcgruff an looneytoon I’m a juggalo from back when we never gave a fuck an uhh I bet I neva change capisce?? I’m not into all this online beef , i feel if we were face to face you would know what I’m saying, so let me try an break this to you, hm I’m already labeled “gang member” as a juggalo, growing up me an my homies were always 8 9 ninjas deep an sometimes deeper then the grave (catch the metaphor??prolly not) meaning we ride an die for each other, noow ol skool juggalos know wtf we do an I don’t give a fuck if you don’t like the way juggalos lifestyle are, gang related or family ot whatever then kick rocks sucka your not gonna change nothing cause you are trying to a be a stay at home husband or whatever your into that’s cool more power to you bruh, we here in ohio still go hard , truly am a juggalotus, kick bitches in the face, drinkNsmoke kikit heavy an wish a motherfucker would yadamean.. an uh you say I passed judgement cause I say I know a few that needs removed…dwamna you lame ass muahfuckas are making it hard to be a juggalo ,look juss be yourself an I promise you will make it a lot further in life, loon or wtf is his name basically was racist wit his\her bigotry ass cause how I responded an spelled my name or whatever.. so don’t try an miss wit all that scruffy an next time if you respond try an get my name right bud, now you go on living your happy crappy life …I rep JRB ann you might be %!\% 43)!53#…whoopwhoop mcl to the real ninja

  21. scruffy


    Comment posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 06:25 am GMT -5 at 6:25 am

    pure rhetoric.
    if i make it so hard for you to be a juggalo, find something else to do. and get your ink removed.
    meanwhile, save the braggadocio for the yard.

  22. G Bo0gie

    G Bo0gie

    Comment posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 10:03 am GMT -5 at 10:03 am

    I was saying your making it for yourself to be a juggalo you dumbbitch.. when you read try an understand, take your time an really try hard an read it a couple times if you havet to.. come try me at the next gotj 2015 right here in the buckeye state


  23. scruffy


    Comment posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 02:50 pm GMT -5 at 2:50 pm

    ‘I was saying your making it for yourself to be a juggalo’
    figured out why you are difficult to understand, yet? maybe you should take time, try hard, and actually write a complete sentence, you functional illiterate.
    and dont act hard, little boy. i know how to hurt people WITHOUT going to prison.

  24. G Bo0gie

    G Bo0gie

    Comment posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 05:28 pm GMT -5 at 5:28 pm

    Well come make me hurt then ya bitch, I told ya where I’m from my name you see my pic all that, stop acting tough on this website and come see me for real, I put it on everything you will be put in a box, if you keep on with this tough shit over the internet your entire family a bitch so you need to put up or shut the fuck up punkbitch

  25. scruffy


    Comment posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014 08:12 am GMT -5 at 8:12 am

    oh, im sorry, you were frightening somebody…?
    youre the one who came here and signed up to cheer for a traumatic amputation, then threaten juggalos for no reason. im the one asking you to knock off the internet tough shit.
    ‘you will be in a box’… so scary. how? lemme guess, a hatchet? gonna burn my arm? i dont want to see you. if youre so worried about it [which you clearly are], why not come see me? oh, wait, you cant leave home anymore. right.
    look, genius… if you are lucky, no one is reading this crap but you and me. take some advice, and chill your tweaky ass out. if there is an audience, youre just making yourself look like a twit.
    really… talkin shit about my entire family from all those miles away? and somehow you wanna say
    i am a ‘punkbitch’?
    ask around about me. my name rings out around here, somebody will let you know what i mean.
    or dont. i dont care.

  26. Robocop


    Comment posted on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 10:46 pm GMT -5 at 10:46 pm

    Scruffy is a G!

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