Top 12 Weird OK Stories of 2017

While most retrospectives will likely focus on politics and world events, I want to stick to the theme of this blog. So, as we close the book on the tumultuous year that was, I’d like to take a look back at the stories that most caught my attention for their strangeness. Without further ado, here are my picks for the weirdest Oklahoma news of 2017!

January

Karan Ribitzke of Owasso was booked into Tulsa County Jail on charges of kidnapping after she allegedly allowed a door-to-door saleswoman into her home, only to refuse to let her leave. After ranting about religion for over an hour, Ribitzke, completely naked, then chased the woman down the street when she managed to escape.

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Residents of Henryetta got the Footloose treatment when an upcoming Valentine’s Day dance was cancelled due to a 40 year-old city ordinance that banned dancing within 500 feet of a church. The ordinance was abolished later that month, unfortunately not in time for the holiday festivities.

March

An OKC mother, Melissa Wevers, was arrested for filing a false Amber Alert after her two toddlers were located safe and sound at their grandmother’s house. Wevers originally stated the children had been taken by a white man in an SUV; the vehicle was later found also at the grandmother’s residence. It’s believed she made up the story to get the children’s father in trouble.

April

In another bizzare case of domestic turmoil, Norman resident Joseph Cross found himself at the center of a kidnapping investigation after someone reported he had shoved a woman and an infant into his car and drove away. Turns out the person who reported Cross to authorities was an angry family member seeking retaliation after an argument with the couple. No charges were filed.

May

A 4th grade class in OKC became amature crimefighters after they spotted a burglary happening just across the street from their school. Their teacher, Miss B., called 911 and, with help from the pint-sized investigators, managed to give details about the suspects and vehicle. The dispatcher said it was the best burglary call she’d ever taken.

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A Tulsa man, later identified as Robert Scott Nutter (yes that is his real last name), was booked into jail on a count of outraging public decency after he reportedly terrorized local women by flashing them his dangly bits while holding a banana. Authorities are still perplexed as to the “significance of the banana”.

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-JJ

Weekly Round-Up: Week 27, 2017

Here’s your weekly bizarre-ness Oklahoma!

Over The Weekend

Religious Reversal: East Central University reversed a plan to remove crosses and bibles from a campus chapel almost as soon as it was enacted after complaints. The school says they will leave it up to a committee whether or not the church can display religious symbols and texts.

Tuesday

Flimsy Conspiracy: A Ponca City woman is charged with a Federal crime after using Craigslist to find a hitman willing to murder her husband who lives in Israel. She advertised the job as a “10 day overseas gig” complete with a PowerPoint presentation of how the hit should be carried out.

Wednesday

Bad Teacher: A former Salpulpa teacher accepted a plea deal after her spring arrest for stealing school property to buy drugs and even using school computers to aid in purchasing and selling heroin.

Not-So-Great Escape: Police in Lawton are on the search for an inmate who simply walked out of the city jail after cleaning up trash in the police station.

Thursday

Battle Of The Nerds: An OKC man was booked on assault charges after he reportedly beat up a man during an argument over whether or not Star Wars or Star Trek is better.

Dumb Deputy: A McClain County sheriff’s deputy is now jobless after getting busted in Grady County for speeding 128 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. The deputy also apparently had open liquor containers in the vehicle and had been racing up and down the street with another vehicle.

Deranged: Kevin Ray Underwood

In my ever-growing group of strange categories, I decided to add another new series to the list. Besides stories of unsolved homicides, missing persons, and bizarre haunts around the state, I am also interested in truly deranged crime. It’s fascinating in such a macabre, often tragic way.

Be forewarned: Many of the cases presented in this tag are truly heinous. They will often involve the worst kinds of people doing the worst kinds of things.

And now to kick off this insight into lost minds: The Story of Kevin Ray Underwood, Aspiring Cannibal.

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Missing: Frankie “Bonnie” Duvall

It’s easy for the public to ignore the cases of missing adults. The stories of children and the elderly often receive more press, because they are perceived as more vulnerable. For the families of missing adults, this drought of sympathy can turn an already nightmarish ordeal even more agonizing.

The family and friends of Bonnie Duvall have had to fight to keep her story alive for over 30 years.

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