Insane Clown Posse fans charged with trying to carve off housemate’s tattoo


This photo combo provided by Wicomico County sheriff's office shows, from left, Paul Hurst and Cary Edwards. Wicomico County sheriff Mike Lewis says the men are affiliated with the Juggalos, a cult fan base of the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse. They are charged with attempted murder for attempting to carve off a housemate’s tattoo. (AP)

Two Maryland men have been charged with attempted murder for trying to carve and burn a tattoo off their housemate’s arm.

Police say that the three housemates are involved in a gang-like organization that follows the music group Insane Clown Posse, and the tattoo was a symbol of the group.

Cary Lee Edwards, 35, and Paul Martin Hurst, 33, got in an argument with their housemate Zachary Swanson, 31, shortly after 1 a.m. on Monday at their house in Hebron, Md., according to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said that Edwards and Hurst beat Swanson, then tried to cut off his tattoo corresponding with membership in the Juggalos, the fan group that has been characterized by the FBI as similar to a gang.

When they could not carve off the tattoo, they set his arm on fire, then left Swanson lying on the ground for several hours, the sheriff’s office said. He was eventually hospitalized in critical condition.

Edwards and Hurst were charged with attempted murder, assault and other crimes.

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Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.

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