Here's something you don't hear every day--a man in McLoud, Oklahoma was killed by an atomic wedgie. For those of you who aren't familiar with this more extreme form of a wedgie, the atomic wedgie involves pulling the waistband of a person's underwear over his head. Brad Davis, 33, was arrested in connection with the death and admitted to giving his stepfather an atomic wedgie during a fight.
There's no doubt that police officers have heard of some of the more bizarre ways to kill someone, but the atomic wedgie murder has certainly thrown the police in Pottawatomie County for a loop. Sheriff Mike Booth said that he had never even heard of the term "atomic wedgie" before talking to his suspect. “I'd never seen this before, but when we first looked at our victim seeing the waistband of his underwear was around his neck,” Booth said.
Denver St. Clair was killed on December 21. The fight reportedly occurred after a night of drinking and got started when St. Clair made some bad comments about Davis's mother. Davis called 911 after his stepfather stopped breathing, and police found him at his home with his underwear pulled around his neck. Davis later told police that he gave his stepfather an atomic wedgie during a fight.
St. Clair's death was eventually ruled a homicide, and the Oklahoma state medical examiner's office says that St. Clair's death was caused by "asphyxiation caused by the elastic underwear band being stretched over his head and left around his neck." In addition to the underwear around the neck, St. Clair also had several injuries, including an injury to the head. The ME also noted that it was possible that blunt force trauma to the head could have contributed to St. Clair's death.
Davis maintains that his stepfather attacked him and that he only fought back--and gave the atomic wedgie--as a form of self-defense, but police aren't buying that story and plan to charge him with murder. “We continued our investigation and uncovered evidence that led us to believe that this was more than just a fight,” said Booth.
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