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Rough Beasts: The Zanesville Zoo Massacre One Year Later

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It was a story everyone heard and no one understood: nearly fifty lions, tigers, and bears shot dead by police one evening near a home in Zanesville, Ohio. The eccentric owner, Terry Thompson, had taken his own life, having first smeared his body with chicken blood and released some of the animals from their cages. When police arrived on the scene, his half-nude, dismember ...more
Kindle Edition, 48 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Byliner Inc.
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brian dean
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The second of two Amazon singles (longform reporting that is a little too long to fit in a magazine but not really a book by itself) I have read today*. Both are short biographies of troubled men who's lives ended with a bang. In this report, a man who wanted to be larger than life -and mostly was -enjoyed having huge exotic pets around and even more enjoyed being seen with his huge exotic pets. At first, he treated them well -ah, he fed and housed them well. On the other hand, he had his bears, ...more
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Rhonda
I really enjoyed this book. I live 3 1/2 miles from this residence, although when this took place I didn't'. I find it interesting and sad about this tragedy that will forever be remembered by all Ohioians.
There was a brief mention in the book about there being a conspiracy theory, which involved local law enforcement, but that has not been substantiated. I just found the theory to be interesting.
While no one really knows what was going through Terry Thompson's mind when he decided to take his l
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Tom Schulte
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a very short and thus very easy read about the exotic pet hoarder that, apparently, committed suicide covered in chicken blood after releasing his bears, lions, tigers, and more - oh my! It's a messy seen, coming on the heels of divorce and firearm-related imprisonment. His apparent pre-suicide actions and the suicide itself makes me ask why this man could legally have guns, let alone predators. The predators themselves were largely de-clawed and de-fanged companion animals raised from c ...more
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Charles Siebert is a poet, journalist, essayist, and contributing writer for The New York Times Sunday Magazine. His work has appeared in a broad array of publications, including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper's, Vanity Fair, Outside, Esquire, and Men's Journal.

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