Joplin Honkies take Weekend at Bernies style photo with friend
Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when you decide to snap a selfie with a dead corpse, we can only think of one: “Ewwwww.”
Missouri friends Chelsie Berry and Jared Pier have been arrested and charged with manslaughter for failing to seek medical attention after a Berry’s pal, Dannis (Nathan) Meyer, suffered an overdose. Instead, they decided to chill out, dump the body and then capture a selfie with his corpse.
According to reports, 24-year-old Berry told investigators she was hanging out in a McDonald’s parking lot with the victim, who injected himself with the powerful painkiller Diluadid and then started freaking out, “acting crazy” and “pulling out his penis.”
This would’ve been a good time to call 911, right?
Instead, Berry decided to phone 28-year-old Prier instead. They chilled a little longer, driving to a nearby convenience store with an unresponsive Meyer in the front seat.
The pair claimed they were afraid to get help because they were high on meth and Xanax, so when the body started to smell, they moved Meyer to the back seat and eventually dumped him along a deserted road because they were “tired of looking at his corpse.”
However, before driving away, the pair snapped a selfie with the corpse and reportedly posted it on Facebook. The image has since been removed by the social-networking site.
Officials are also looking into whether the crime has any connection to a local gang called the Joplin Honkies, a group of past and present criminals who’ve been terrorizing the city since the late ’90s. Sheriff Copeland says Meyer had tattoos, one saying "Joplin Honkey."
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JOPLIN, MO.--- "As far as Newton County goes, if it's a stolen motorcycle or a stolen vehicle, chances are the suspect is a Joplin Honky." Sheriff Ken Copeland, Newton County Sheriff's Department.
It's a name you may not take seriously at first, but the Joplin Honkies are no laughing matter to Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland.
"Misfit thieves and burglars who get together, hang together," said Sheriff Copeland.
Sheriff Copeland believes the Honkies started in prison as a way for criminals to protect themselves and watch each others' backs, but it's become a significant problem for the community.
"After they get out and released, they continue on a rampage of burglary and car thefts, other violent crimes," said Sheriff Copeland.
It's not just Newton County, Joplin police are also tracking the group. They say it started with just five members in the late 90's but has grown to more than 200.
"With such a large number, the police department will come into contact with members and or associates of the Honkies on a weekly basis," said Detective Justin Barnett, Joplin Police Department.
Through that regular contact, authorities are gaining a better understanding of the gang. They don't believe it's formally organized or has set leadership.
"They are somewhat grouped together when they commit some of the crimes but then again, we've found certain individuals will be committing the crimes on their own," said Barnett.
Newton County deputies have confiscated a handbook for the Joplin Honkies, mainly filled with symbols which can also be found on their bodies.
"Do a tattoo across their stomach or chest or back. Also, they put 417 on themselves," said Sheriff Copeland.
The Newton County sheriff has warrants out on several Honkies. Doug Alexius is one name at the top of their list, wanted for first degree burglary. He's considered armed and dangerous.
"It seems like you're repeatedly dealing with them in county jail, in city jail, sometimes they get sent to the Missouri pen and usually they're out before long," said Sheriff Copeland.
joplin is not ferguson that's for sure
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