Oh, Northeast Philly. We knew we couldn’t have you all to ourselves.
This week, two of your psychos are in the news, and damn, are they crazy. We always thought your insanity was all for us, but I guess, as they say, if you love someone…
We know you’ve all heard of Norman Leboon, the multi-religional freak who made it a habit of putting his melon all over YouTube in the name of threatening to murder politicians. Like many of the Boulevard, Leboon believed himself “son of the god of Enoch” (OK, not “many,” but possibly “some”) and told anyone who’d click on his YouTube profile that House Minority Whip Eric Cantor is “pure evil,” will die and that his family is suffering because of his father’s wrath. The money threat came when Leboon said, “receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations.”
In an August 2009 clip, Leboon appeared shirtless and read from the Koran to his YouTube watchers. "That he may punish the hypocrites...men and women who imagine an evil opinion of Allah...the wrath of Allah is on them." He warned and warned and warned of the wrath of God killing us all on September 19, 2009, and made threats to “you” saying “You will beg to have your head chopped off,” though it’s not always clear who he’s talking about.
In an act of bipartisanship, he threatened Democrats, too. “President Obama, you and Vice President Biden and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and your Security Council say very bad things about me,” he claims in a clip. “Your punishment is coming, the swine, it will be severe, and you will beg for mercy to your god. It will be severe, you will know god's swine, god has warned you.”
Not to be outdone by simple political threats, a second Northeast Philly man was arrested this week for a bout of likely psychosis-induced out-of-control craziness. Except a superhero was this guy’s religion. Stalking was his threat. And actress Kathryn Erbe (Who? She’s in Law and Order: Criminal Intent and played the daughter in What About Bob?) is the victim.
Yeah, Charles Nagle, of Northeast Philly, of whom neighbors have professed “He thinks he’s Batman,” was arrested for stalking the TV human.
Nagle’s Batman obsession goes like this: He apparently “often dressed up as Batman” and bragged about meeting Adam West five times, according to a 2005 Northeast Times article. Neagle also named both his daughters after the comic’s characters.
The Inquirer has dug into Nagle’s past and found that he once “Sang in the Philadelphia Boys Choir, is no stranger to the criminal-justice system. He pleaded guilty in 1996 to corrupting a minor, false imprisonment, simple assault, unlawful restraint and indecent assault, according to court records. It does not appear that he served time in jail.”
When told about his arrest, some of his neighbors reportedly “chuckled.” Northeast Philly, what would we do without you?