Journalists live for headlines like this (from Associated Press): "Police: Millionaire-smuggler ran bestiality farm." It's even better when the story is in your backyard, namely Whatcom County.
Rich Jerk Watch has followed the animal-cruelty shenanigans of various high-tech executives who seem to thrive in the world of slaughtering creatures for sport, from the Microsoftie who hunted antelope from his SUV to the Attachmate exec who had his neighbor's buffalo herd massacred. But this story (shades of the fatal Enumclaw horse-sex ring) takes it to a new level. Authorities have arrested Douglas Spink for allegedly running and using the Web to advertise an animal sex farm catering to sex tourists. A man visiting from England was also arrested and is accused of having had sex with three dogs.
Dogs, horses and mice were confiscated. What, no llamas? The animals included mice covered in Vaseline with their tails cut off. No, I'm not sure what that means either, but it doesn't sound good. And there are, naturally, confiscated videos.
Spink's lawyers says his client was not having sex with animals and that the charges are "refutable." According to the Seattle Times, he's "a former Portland businessman who prospered as a mergers-and-acquisitions entrepreneur during the height of the technology boom, but went bankrupt in 2002, according to The Oregonian."
This has been a bad week for former fat cat execs who behaved badly in arranging for their customers to get screwed. Former Washington Mutual CEO Kerry Killinger went before Congress to blame everyone but his own greedy self for the collapse of the Seattle-based bank. Bad news from the same neighborhood was word that the Lusty Lady strip club, right across from the former WaMu world headquarters on First Ave., was closing down. Could there be a connection between the bank's closure and the fact that the Lusty Lady's business has dried up? The club blames the recession and Internet porn, but the bank's vanishing act has apparently also been bad for business.