Quiet before the storm

By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 5, 2008

You have to do something very serious to be considered a violent psychopath in Liberia, and Emmanuel — a Boston native, by the way — qualified. Nicknamed "Chuckie" and the commander of something called the "Demon Forces," Emmanuel was convicted of, among other things, forcing prisoners to play something called "stone football." Basically, he would make people play soccer barefoot, using huge rocks as a ball, until their feet bled out or broke.

Emmanuel became the first US citizen to be convicted under a law that prohibits Americans from committing torture overseas. Although born in Boston, he grew up mostly in the Orlando area, about nine miles from the Universal Studios theme park. He fled to Africa in 1997 and would later be accused of such things as burying people alive and forcing prisoners to hold boiling water in their hands. Incidentally, after an early arrest in Florida in 1994 for robbery, a psychiatric evaluation revealed that he had "anger-management problems." Shocker.

John Daly rocks
Shortest blotter entry of all time: John Daly arrested in North Carolina for being passed-out drunk outside a Hooters. World not surprised; three points for not having a bikini top between his teeth upon discovery.

When he's not googling "cornerbackward" and "fucked-up Chuckie," Matt Taibbi writes for Rolling Stone. He can be reached atm_taibbi@yahoo.com.

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