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The fleshy part of the thigh

July 16, 2010

In lieu of a relevant photo, I give you Rita Hayworth

Turns out getting shot is good for more than just improving your record sales. It’s also good for getting custody of your son. Unless you die in the shooting. They don’t award custody to corpses, not even Texas:

A Dallas man died while executing a twisted plot to win custody of his child, police said.

According to investigators, 20-year-old Dwayne Lamont Moten hired a friend to shoot him, intending to blame the crime on his wife’s boyfriend and gain custody of his three-year-old son, Dwayne Jr., myfoxdfw.com reported Friday.

Moten, the article says, had a criminal record, as did his friend, who’s now being charged with murder (that’s where friendship gets you), as well as an unrelated aggravated robbery charge, so it isn’t that surprising that this would seem to Moten like the best way to go at this little problem: Lawyers sue, criminals shoot, the scorpion stings. This is the way of the world.

Anyway, there’s something sort of winning about Dwayne, Sr. here; I’m conflicted. Isn’t it kind of sweet that he’d make a sacrifice like this not for a sweet stereo or a bag of crack, but for his son? Rest in peace, Dwayne. We’re all pulling for you on that Darwin Award.

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