Creepy puppeteer? Check. Creepy Christian puppeteer? Check. Creepy Christian puppeteer who lived alone? Check. Creepy Christian puppeteer who lived alone and served pizzas to the kids in his neighborhood? Check. Creepy Christian puppeteer who lived alone and served pizzas to the kids in his neighborhood and was arrested for, according to the Tampa Bay Times, “conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography”? Check.
Florida, you done it again.
“I imagine him wiggling and then going still,” [Ronald William] Brown told an associate in an Internet chat session, describing his plot to kill and cannibalize a boy at Gulf Coast Church.
On Friday, Brown was arrested on charges of conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents who searched his home found lewd images of children bound and gagged, a flier for a missing child and “images of children that appear to be deceased.”
According to the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint, Brown told agents that he and Kansas resident Michael Arnett, another alleged child cannibalism enthusiast, “did discuss killing, dismembering and eating” a specific boy at Gulf Coast Church. However, Brown said “it was just a fantasy and he could never and would never hurt anyone.”
Brown worked for years for the Christian Television Network in Largo, the state’s oldest Christian broadcasting station. He performed with puppets on a Captain Kangaroo-style show called Joy Junction. In one episode, a video excerpt of which is available online, he operates a puppet that talks disdainfully about how some bad kids tried to show him pornography. (Via)
I’d bet my life savings that Brown owns at least three helium tanks, for “balloon animals…yeah….”