"Recluse is eaten by pet spiders"

edesignuk

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Metro Newspaper said:
A recluse was killed and eaten by the exotic creatures he kept at his home. Mark Voegel's corpse was being devoured by spiders, snakes, termites and a gecko when it was discovered by police. The 30-year-old's black widow spider Bettina delivered the deadly bite. His spiders and termites escaped from their tanks when the heating elements exploded and opened the lids. Neighbours alerted the police when they noticed a stench coming from his flat in Dortmund, Germany.
:eek:
 

devilot

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The thread title made me think that a Brown recluse was eaten by its own pet spiders. :eek:
 

bartelby

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The thread title made me think that a Brown recluse was eaten by its own pet spiders. :eek:
Me too, for a second!

Also from the Metro:

Dildo robber in daylight rubbery

As far as 'stick-ups' go, it was unique – using a Rampant Rabbit vibrator to hold up a bookies.

The robber – who very appropriately acted alone – was jailed for five years for his sex toy heist.

Drug addict Nicki Jex, 27, had concealed his ex-girlfriend's vibrator in a carrier bag and pretended it was a gun in the raid on December 27 last year.

Jex walked off with with more than £600 after a terrified staff member handed over the cash at at Ladbrokes in Leicester.

But the only customer in the bookmakers at the time, Wayne Vakani, bravely followed him out.

Prosecutor Tim Palmer told Leicester Crown Court: 'The defendant pointed the vibrator in the bag at Mr Vakani and warned him to back off.

'Mr Vakani then kept a discreet distance but kept an eye on the defendant and watched where he went.'

He was arrested in a pub by police who found him 'splashing the cash'.

Jex, of Braunstone, Leicester, pleaded guilty to robbery.

Phil Gibbs, mitigating, said Jex – who had 21 previous convictions and was on bail at the time of the offence – had broken up with his girlfriend and was in a 'fragile' state of mind when he committed the robbery.

But sentencing Jex, Judge Philip Head said: 'It's right to record that you did not have a firearm but you pretended you had and intended that those you confronted believed that you did, and it must have been truly terrifying for them at the time.'

Judge Head awarded Mr Vakani £500 for his 'very considerable courage'.

Millions of Rampant Rabbit vibrators have been sold around the globe, helped by a starring role in one episode of Sex And The City.
 

iBlue

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That's freakin nasty!

A man was killed by one of his pet snakes after an earthquake in Los Angeles (the northridge quake) I have to wonder about people who knowingly keep animals that can and instinctively would kill them.

When I first read the title of this I thought a "Brown Recluse" spider had been eaten by pet spiders, and while that's cool*, it's not as sensational as this.



*Brown Recluse are among some of the worst spiders EVER. Google image search a bite of one of those, if you dare.
 

iBlue

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I dare. Ewwwwwwwwwwwww.
Disgusting, isn't it? Now you know why spiders freak me out so much, eh? (we had Hobo spiders in our house in the US, their bite is every bit as bad as the brown recluse. It worried me to no end. I still get that immediate sense of fear when I see a spider)
 

noaccess

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Eek. I'm agoraphobic. Hate spiders to death.
Pretty surprised that this whole story happened less than 50 miles away from where I'm now.
 

CanadaRAM

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What is with this flood of bizarre and - frankly, unbelieveable - stories originating from Germany?

As a former aquarium owner, I simply don't believe the 'heater exploding and knocking the tank lid off' The heaters have thermostats and are made to go indefinitely without attention.
 

AmbitiousLemon

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As a former aquarium owner, I simply don't believe the 'heater exploding and knocking the tank lid off' The heaters have thermostats and are made to go indefinitely without attention.
Agreed, this is either complete fabrication or someone misunderstanding what they found.

A death from a widow bite is extremely unlikely (possible though). Geckos, termites, snakes, and spiders feeding on a dead person just isn't going to happen though. Maybe he knocked over the aquariums when he died (doubtfully from the spider bite) and the people who discovered it freaked out a bit at all the weird animals walking about.